Related Contacts, Located at Central Region Office, St. Paul
Notices & Updates:
2013-14 Low Oxygen, Winterkills Appearing In Some Shallow Waters
Updated March 7, 2014 Oxygen levels observed in February-March 2014 have been low in some shallow lakes. Those lakes were-- Carver County: Eagle, Goose, Susan; Hennepin County: Duck, Half Moon, Mitchell, Red Rock, Spurzem/Spurzen; Scott County: Cynthia, Schneider. Corroborating evidence (fish carcass sightings) has been found in Eagle and Goose Lake (Carver County), Smith/Schmidt/Mud Lake (Hennepin County), and Schneider Lake (Scott County).
Effects of the persistent, cold 2013-14 winter will impact fish survival in those lakes, bays, and stream sections lacking depth and re-oxygenation sources. There will likely be winterkill where such fish die-offs have occurred before.
For more information on the winterkill phenomenon, check our Winterkills page.
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 The Special Regulation prohibiting wintertime northern pike spearing is no longer in effect.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.
Courthouse Lake: Trout Stocked For 2014 Winter Season
For the 2014 winter trout season (January 18-March 31), Courthouse Lake (Chaska) received 1,999 yearling rainbow trout. In addition, hatchery-surplus adult rainbow (110 fish), brook (50 fish), and brown trout (50 fish) were stocked. Survivors from earlier stockings supplement this seasonal stocking.
Little Long Lake (Minnetrista) was not stocked, as 2012 floods eliminated the surplus yearling rainbow trout intended for this lake. Any fish remaining from previous stockings there, as well as in Christmas Lake (Shorewood-Greenwood), would be available for winter fishing.
See our Local Trout Fishing Page for more details on our trout-fishing management.
Fall 2013 Stockings: Walleye, Hybrid Muskellunge Fingerlings; Rainbow & Brown Trout
Lakes stocked with walleye fingerlings in fall 2013, by county: Carver-- Lotus; Hennepin-- Calhoun, Cedar, Eagle, Harriet, Independence, Long, Medicine, Nokomis; Scott-- Fish, O'Dowd, Prior, Spring.
Lakes stocked with walleye fry in spring 2013, by county: Carver-- Eagle, Waconia; Scott-- Cedar.
Lake stocked with private-permit walleye (fingerlings unless noted) in 2013, by county: Hennepin-- Minnetonka (limited number of yearlings in north & west basins).
Lakes stocked with private-contract hybrid (tiger) muskellunge fingerling stockings: Bryant and Crystal in Hennepin County.
Courthouse Lake received the fall allotment of 1,000 yearling rainbow trout. An additional 110 adult brown trout from hatchery surplus were also stocked.
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 currently without a receptionist, drop-in visitors could find no available help or a locked building.
Regional Fishing Outlooks
information compiled by area fisheries managers