Glenwood Area fisheries

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23070 North Lakeshore Drive
Glenwood, MN 56334

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Anglers who fish in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and portions of Todd county benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Glenwood area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Dean Beck and a staff of five full-time employees manage 82 fishing lakes and 180 miles of rivers and streams. These waters include popular fishing lakes such as Osakis, Miltona and Minnewaska and maiLicense Dollars At Work campaign linkntaining muskellunge populations in Lobster, Miltona and Oscar lakes.

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At work for you

Glenwood area fisheries staff conduct shoreline seining to support the MPCA's watershed restoration and protection strategy diagnostic studies.

Glenwood area fisheries staff conduct shoreline seining to support the MPCA's watershed restoration and protection strategy diagnostic studies.

  • Assisting spring walleye egg take operations around the state, hatching millions of walleye at the Glenwood hatchery each year, and rearing thousands of pounds of walleye fingerlings in natural ponds for stocking regional waters.
  • Conducting 20-25 surveys or targeted assessments each year to monitor fish populations and assess the effectiveness of management actions such as stocking and special regulations.
  • Assisting the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with watershed health assessments and fish contaminant testing.
  • Participating and supporting lake associations and local government agencies in measuring and monitoring changes in water clarity and quality of lakes and streams.
  • Assisting private fish growers with meeting compliance for commercial fish production, including inspection of loads prior to transportation and stocking at the destination lake.
  • Hosting school tours during seasonal hatchery operations, and supporting teachers and outdoor educators in curricula development and biological sciences learning events.

Facts about the fishing license fee increase

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Why Glenwood area fisheries needs a license fee increase

Virtually all the work of the Glenwood area fisheries staff is funded by money raised through fishing license sales. But reductions in buying power due to increasing costs for products, services and equipment have put this work and the recreational opportunities it creates at risk.

In response, the DNR is seeking a fishing license fee increase in the 2017 legislative session. The increase would raise the price of a resident annual fishing license from $22 to $25. Other fishing license types also would increase. The proposed increases should sustain existing fisheries operations until 2021.

The increase for an individual license – roughly the price of a scoop of minnows – may fill some existing vacancies but will not create any new positions. It will simply sustain existing programs and area office budgets, many of which already are reduced.

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State lottery & legacy amendment dollars are off limits

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State law prohibits tax dollars, including funds generated by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment and Minnesota State Lottery, from funding area fisheries offices and the core work they do. Fisheries management that creates world-class fishing here in Minnesota is a user-funded, user-benefit system.

General hunting and fishing license fees were last increased in 2012 at an amount designed to keep game and fish operations solvent for about six years. Prior to that, it had been 10 years since the last general fee increase. Periodic fee increases – one about every five years since 1970 – are how Minnesota funds routine fisheries management. Many fishing organizations traditionally have supported periodic fee increases because high-quality fishing is recreation worth paying for.

In November 2016, the Game and Fish Fund Budget Oversight Committee – a citizen group that monitors the DNR's fisheries, wildlife and enforcement revenues and expenditures – recommended that the Legislature increase fishing and hunting license fees during the 2017 legislative session.

The DNR's fisheries section has a long tradition of belt-tightening. Statewide, staff size is down about 13 percent from roughly a decade ago. Moreover, the section is holding an additional 24 vacancies, most of which will not be filled even with fee increase. This means it is common for field offices to have fewer employees and leaner budgets than they once did.

Notices, web links & area information



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Contact our Glenwood staff

Dean Beck Area supervisor 320-634-7323
Sue Mulville Office administrative assistant 320-634-7322
Bill McKibbin Assistant area supervisor 320-634-7324
Lindy Ekola Habitat specialist 320-634-7332
Jerry Wendlandt Aquatic plant management specialist 320-634-7333
Michelle Krecklau Fisheries technician 320-634-7331
Mike McInerny Research biologist 320-634-7329
Jeff Reed Research biologist 320-634-7330
Al Schmidt Fisheries specialist 320-634-7327
Chris Smith Fisheries specialist 320-634-7326
Chris Uphoff Fisheries specialist 320-634-7325