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Notices & Updates (last updated 9/11/15)
Trout Stockings, Planned Stocking For 2015 Open-Water Season
Lakes managed for stream trout species received their scheduled allotments for the 2015 Open-Water Season (May 9 [1 hr before sunrise]-October 31, 2015):
Rainbow Trout Yearlings: Courthouse Lake-- 3,000 fish; Christmas Lake-- 1,000 fish. Overall sizes were 1/3-3/5 lb*
* based on hatchery-projected average weights; weights of individual fish might differ
Courthouse Lake is scheduled to receive its late-season quota of 1,000 Rainbow Trout Yearlings per plan-- sometime in the latter half of October, once water temperatures are cool enough. Stocking will be confirmed here upon completion.
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.
New For 2015: 54-Inch Minimimum For Muskies; Multiple Local Waters Affected
A new fishing law increases 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. Check our Special Fishing Regulations page for where exceptions apply in our Area, or consult the Statewide Regulations for more detail.
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