Lake Superior Area Fisheries

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Lake Superior area fisheries

Minnesota map showing Lake Superior location

5351 North Shore Drive
Duluth, MN 55804
218-302-3264
superior.fisheries@state.mn.us

Anglers who fish the largest freshwater lake in the world benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Lake Superior area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Cory Goldsworthy and a staff of four full-time and three part-time employees manage approximately 2,300 square miles of Lake Superior and portions of its tributary streams along Minnesota's North Shore. They also track harvests in the sport, charter and commercial fisheries to ensure sustainability.License Dollars At Work

Their work is guided by the Lake Superior fisheries management plan, which DNR – working with numerous user groups – revised in 2016.

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At work for you

A successful angler enjoys the dividends of the DNR's investment in lake trout rehabilitation in the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior.

A successful angler enjoys the dividends of the DNR's investment in lake trout rehabilitation in the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior.

  • Conducting fisheries assessments for lake trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, salmon, lake sturgeon and other predator and prey fish species in Lake Superior.
  • Tracking the amount of harvest taken in the sport, charter and commercial fisheries and ensure sustainability of the resource.
  • Determining total-allowable-catch quotas for the commercial November cisco fishery to ensure sustainable harvest.
  • Coordinating efforts with commercial operators to collect scientific data on lake trout and cisco to determine age, diet and age composition of commercial catch.
  • Evaluating abundance, survival and emigration patterns of migratory fish populations using fish traps on French and Knife rivers and backpack electro-fishing assessments in Lake Superior's tributary streams on the North Shore.
  • Coordinating with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and other state, federal and tribal entities on standardized lake-wide fisheries assessments and management.

Contact our Lake Superior staff

Name
Position
Phone
Email
Cory Goldsworthy Area supervisor 218-302-3268 cory.goldsworthy@state.mn.us
Keith Reeves Assistant area supervisor 218-302-3277 keith.reeves@state.mn.us
Josh Blankenheim Large lake specialist 218-302-3273 josh.blankenheim@state.mn.us
Nick Peterson Fisheries specialist 218-302-3272 nick.peterson@state.mn.us
Chris Palvere Fisheries technician 218-302-3281 chris.palvere@state.mn.us