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Notices & Updates (last updated 4/23/15)
Spring 2015 Trout Stockings Planned
These lakes are scheduled to receive their normal allotments of trout in time for the 2015 Season Opener (open-water season for local trout lakes runs May 9 [1 hr before sunrise]-October 31, 2015):
Rainbow Trout Yearlings: Courthouse Lake-- 3,000 fish; Christmas Lake-- 1,000 fish. Yearling size is typically 1/3 to 3/5 lb*
* based on hatchery-projected average weight & previous values; weights of individual fish might differ
Late-Winter Oxygen Low In Some Waters; No Big Impacts Seen/Reported
Persistent below-freezing temperaures this past winter resulted in a few shallow, fertile waters having low late-season oxygen concentrations. Where it happened, oxygen levels dropped most during February. We received no springtime reports of winterkill evidence; no local lakes were opened for Liberalized Fishing.
Staff checking oxygen levels found some suppressed readings, but nothing indicating thorough, widespread depletions. Some waters most prone to winterkills might have had, at most, limited fish die-offs. However, spring checks of rearing ponds in the southern half of the state showed carry-over of fish.
Waters with low oxygen readings or evidence of oxygen stress included: Carver County-- Eagle, Lucy, Susan, Virginia; Hennepin County-- Dutch (angler-reported fish behavior), Rice Lake-Elm Creek (some dead bullheads; lake was partially lowered in fall 2014 with intent to freeze aquatic vegetation), Staring (Starring)
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