International Falls area fisheries

Minnesota map showing International Falls location

392 Highway 11 East
International Falls, MN 56649

Anglers who fish in Koochiching and northern St. Louis county areas benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' International Falls area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Kevin Peterson and a full-time staff of four manage 135 fishing lakes and hundreds of miles of rivers and streams. These waters include popular fishiLicense Dollars At Workng lakes such as Rainy, Kabetogama and Pelican (near Orr) and the Rainy River. The Iakes of Voyageurs National Park also lie within the International Falls fisheries management area.

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At work for you

Fisheries specialists make live presentations to students at  a wide variety of aquatic education events.

Fisheries specialists make live presentations to students at a wide variety of aquatic education events.

  • Managing eight lakes for lake trout. Two are stocked every other year with lake trout yearlings.
  • Stocking approximately 14 lakes regularly with walleye fingerlings or fry.
  • Stocking three designated trout streams annually with brook trout including Lost River, Fawn Creek and Kinmount Creek.
  • Managing Pelican, Ash and Elephant lakes as quality northern pike fisheries with protected slot limits.
  • Managing Pelican Lake for a quality bass fishery with a protected slot limit.
  • Collaborating with the Rainy Lake Sportfishing Club to enhance the walleye fishery of Rainy Lake. This includes such things as walleye tagging on the Rat Root River to learn more about walleye spawning habits on Rainy Lake, which helps identify spawning areas on the Rat Root River for potential enhancement.

Rainy Lake (Koochiching and St. Louis counties): Walleye 18 to 26 inches must be released, one longer than 26 inches allowed in possession; regulation is relaxed from the previous 17- to 28-inch protected slot; bag limit remains four walleye. Change allows for more harvest opportunities while still protecting spawning-age fish. In recent years the slot limit on Rainy has consistently met objectives established for the regulation.This regulation change is effective March 1, 2016.

Contact our International Falls staff

Kevin Peterson Area supervisor 218-286-5220
Tom Burri Assistant area supervisor 218-286-5220
Ben Vondra Large lake specialist 218-286-5220
Dan Schermerhorn Fisheries specialist 218-286-5220
Andrew Moran Office & administrative specialist 218-286-5220