Related Contacts, Located at Central Region Office, St. Paul
Notices & Updates:
Winter 2013-14 Low Oxygen, Winterkills In Some Shallow Waters
Updated April 16, 2014; 23 waters reported Very low late-winter Oxygen levels and/or winterkill evidence (fish carcass sightings) have been observed in some shallow waters. Those were-- Carver County: Eagle, Goose, Lotus, Susan, Swede, Turbid, and wetlands #10-0216 through 218 (Grace and Jonathan Lakes, Chaska); Hennepin County: Cornelia, Duck, Half Moon, Mitchell, Normandale, Red Rock, Rice and nearby stormwater ponds (Maple Grove), Smith/Schmidt/Mud, Spurzem/Spurzen, Starring, and wetland #27-0634 (Lake Success, Brooklyn Park); Scott County: Cynthia, Schneider.
Effects of the persistent 2013-14 winter will affect fish survival in waters lacking depth and sufficient re-oxygenation sources. There will likely be winterkill where such fish die-offs have occurred before. And because of this winter's severity, impacts might be seen where they have not been seen for decades.
For more information on the winterkill phenomenon, check our Winterkills page.
Courthouse, Christmas Lakes: 2014 Open-Water Season Trout Stocking Plans
For the 2014 open-water ("summer") trout season (May 10-October 31), Courthouse Lake (Chaska) is scheduled to receive its quota of 3,000 yearling rainbow trout, and Christmas Lake (Shorewood-Greenwood) is scheduled to get its 1,000-yearling rainbow trout quota. The yearlings we receive typically average 0.4-0.6 lb.
Any trout surviving from previous stockings in these two lakes, as well as in Little Long Lake (Minnetrista-- last stocked winter 2012-13) would be available for open-water-season fishing.
See our Local Trout Fishing Page for more details on our trout-fishing management.
Eagle Lake (Hennepin County) Northern Pike Spearing Ban Lifted December 2, 2013
2013 legislation now allows winter spearing for northern pike in Eagle Lake (city of Maple Grove, Hennepin County), effective December 2, 2013. The Special Regulation prohibiting wintertime northern pike spearing is no longer in effect. All other current and applicable State Laws and Regulations for the lake and spearing remain. Other Special Regulations in our Area are unaffected by this change. Be aware pure-strain muskellunge are managed in Eagle Lake, so they and possibly natural hybrids (tiger muskie) are present.
Lake Minnetonka Muskie Study-- Please Report Tagged and Fin-Clipped Fish
MN DNR, Muskies, Inc. Twin Cities Chapter, and Hugh C. Becker Foundation began a project on Lake Minnetonka to evaluate muskellunge (muskie) stocking effectiveness. Since 2009, muskie have been stocked with an individually numbered yellow tag near the dorsal fin. If you catch a tagged muskie that you plan to release, please leave the tag in the fish but record the 6-digit tag number, date caught, lake name, fish species, and fish length via the internet tag-report form or to our office's phone, email, or address (above). Last stocking: 1,200 fingerlings, 215 yearlings in November 2012. Muskie Study Details
West Metro Fisheries Office Location
Our office is in the Blue Lake Business Center on Scott Co. Hwy. 101 (between US Hwy 169 and Valleyfair amusement park). We share space with two other MN DNR disciplines (Parks & Trails, Wildlife) and Conservation Corps Minnesota-Iowa .
No license or registration/titling services are available, and we have no hatchery or fish-holding facilities for tours. If you'd like to visit us in person, we recommend you contact us beforehand to ensure staff will be here. Because we're a small field-oriented office with a part-time desk attendant, drop-in visitors could find no available help or a locked building.
Regional Fishing Outlooks
information compiled by area fisheries managers