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Notices & Updates (last updated 11/5/15)
Rainbow Trout Stockings Planned For Winter 2016
Courthouse Lake is set to receive its standard quota of 2,000 rainbow trout yearlings for the January 16, 2016 Winter Season opener. Approximately 75 total (combined) adult brown trout and rainbow trout from hatchery surplus are also scheduled for stocking. Little Long Lake will also get its quota of 500 yearling rainbow trout. Numbers/types/sizes of fish will be confirmed here at the start of the season. See our Trout Waters page for more details.
Recent Regulation Changes: 1) 54-Inch Minimimum For Muskies 2) Darkhouse Spearking Bans Lifted
Fishing-law changes effective with the 2015 Legislative Session had two major local impacts: 1) increased legal harvestable size of many-- but not all-- muskellunge (muskie) waters. Minimum harvest length for muskies increased to 54 inches. Lakes managed for tiger muskie (or containing remnant populations) and the Mississippi River upstream from the Coon Rapids Dam have different regulations; 2) allowed dark-house spearing for northern pike, catfish, whitefish, and rough fishes on these lakes-- Minnetonka (and connected lakes Forest, Libbs, Peavey, and Tanager), Rebecca, and Stieger [Steiger].
All applicable regulations-- including Special Regulations-- related to species, seasons, and methods remain in effect. Check our Special Fishing Regulations page or consult the Statewide Regulations for more detail.
2015 Seasonal Fish Kills
We had seen and received reports from spring and early summer of dead fish in several local waters; the timing, numbers, and conditions are consistent with seasonal, bacterial-related causes limited to fish. Lakes reported, along with (County) and [last reported die-off]: Cedar (Scott) [6/3/14], Eagle (Carver) [winter 2013-14], Fish (Scott) [5/28/09], Minnetonka-- Lower Lake (Hennepin) [5/17/14], Spring (Scott) [6/6/14], Thole (Scott) [winter 2010-11], Waconia (Carver) [6/6/14]. Some more details, particularly related to Scott County, can be found here.
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). Study Details (includes 2014 season information)
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 sales or registration/titling services are available, and we have no hatchery or live fish displays 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, drop-in visitors could find no available help or a locked building.
Regional Fishing Outlooks
information compiled by area fisheries managers