The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Rapids area fisheries is seeking comments through Friday, March 16 on management plans for a number of area lakes.

Management plans describe the past, present, and desired future conditions of the waters. The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next five to 20 years, and are a good opportunity for the public to share their observations about the fishery.

Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Grand Rapids area, plans for the following lakes and streams are being reviewed:

  • Batson – general fish management.
  • Black Island – general fish management.
  • Bluewater – general fish management, lake trout stocking review.
  • Carey – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
  • Caribou – general fish management, lake trout stocking review.
  • Clear (Spring Lake) – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
  • Cut Foot Sioux – general fish management.
  • Dead Horse – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
  • Deer (Deer River) – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
  • Gunn – general fish management.
  • Harrigan Creek – general fish management.
  • LaRue Mine Pit- general fish management, rainbow trout stocking review.
  • Little Bass (Cohasset) – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
  • Little Cut Foot – general fish management.
  • Little Winnibigoshish – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
  • Long – general fish management.
  • Loon (Cohasset) – general fish management.
  • McAlpine Creek – general fish management.
  • Mirror – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
  • Orange – general fish management, muskellunge targeted survey.
  • Ruby – walleye stocking review.
  • Sand (Max) – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
  • Shallow Pond – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
  • Sissebakwet- general fish management, walleye stocking review.
  • South Sugar – general fish management.
  • Trout (Deer River) – general fish management, lake trout stocking review.

Current plans for lakes and streams in the area, as well as recent fish population assessment information are available for review at the DNR’s Grand Rapids area fisheries office, at 1201 East Hwy 2, Grand Rapids, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, call or email David Weitzel at 218-328-8835 or david.weitzel@state.mn.us.

Public comments on management of these waters will be taken through Friday, March 16.  Comments and suggestions for management of any other streams and lakes in the Grand Rapids area are welcomed at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review.

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