Rivers & Streams Programs

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Lake City area fisheries

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1801 South Oak Street
Lake City, MN 55041

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Anglers who fish in Goodhue, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona county areas benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Lake City area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Kevin Stauffer with four full-time and one part-time employee manage a handful of reservoirs and the Mississippi River from Hastings to the Iowa border. The area includes the Mississippi's 29,295-acre Lake Pepin, which stretches 21 miles from Red Wing to Alma, Wis. Area staff also manage 200 miles of trouLicense Dollars At Work campaign linkt streams and two popular medium-sized rivers – the Cannon and Zumbro.

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At work for you

Lake City area staff electro-fishing  during an assessment on a designated trout stream where recent habitat work occurred.

Lake City area staff electro-fishing during an assessment on a designated trout stream where recent habitat work occurred.

  • Conduct annual, long term fisheries monitoring on Lake Pepin, the Mississippi River and Driftless Area trout streams. Data from these monitoring programs create the foundation for fisheries management on these resources.
  • Work in partnership with the state of Wisconsin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and citizen groups to manage fisheries habitat on 150 miles of the Mississippi River from Hastings (Pool 3) to the Iowa border (Pool 9).
  • Develop and implement large-scale habitat restoration projects on the Mississippi River to improve fish habitat and fishing success. Funding from Minnesota's Outdoor Heritage Fund and the federally funded Upper Mississippi River Restoration program pay for the projects but not the development and implementation work that Lake City fisheries staff must do to bring these projects to fruition.
  • Manage approximately 200 miles of trout streams in Goodhue, Dakota and Wabasha counties. Includes acquisition of new angler easements, working cooperatively with Trout Unlimited on one or two stream restoration projects annually and maintaining existing habitat projects and easements.
  • Provide expanded fishing opportunities in the Rochester area through stocking, special regulations and cooperative projects to improve access and fishing success.
  • Manage 400 miles of warm-water streams, including some of the best smallmouth bass streams in the state, including the Cannon and Zumbro rivers.

Facts about the fishing license fee increase

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Why Lake City area fisheries needs a license fee increase

Virtually all the work of the Lake City 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.

What happens with a fee increaseWhat happens without a fee increase

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

Area map

Detailed area mapThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. - Lake City Area Fisheries comprises parts of five counties plus the Mississippi River from Hastings to Iowa.

Fisheries research in southeastern Minnesota

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Lake City area fisheries information

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Contact our Lake City staff

Kevin Stauffer Area supervisor 651-345-3365, Ext. 229
Nick Schlesser Large lake specialist 651-345-3365, Ext. 235
Randy Binder Fisheries specialist 651-345-3365, Ext. 232
Dan Spence Fisheries specialist 651-345-3365, Ext. 231
John Hoxmeier Research scientist 651-345-3365, Ext. 237
Doug Dieterman Research scientist 651-345-3365, Ext. 236
Dan Dieterman Mississippi river habitat specialist 651-345-3365, Ext. 230