West Metro Area Fisheries Office

Office Address
MN DNR West Metro Area Fisheries Office
7050 County Road 101 East, Suite 100
Shakopee, MN 55379
tel. 952-496-4141 (individuals' extensions below)
fax. 952-496-4140
MetroWest.Fisheries@state.mn.us
 

West Metro Area Fisheries Office boundary map.

Staff

  • Area Supervisor: Daryl Ellison Ext. 222
  • Assistant Supervisor: Taylor Polomis Ext. 223
  • Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) Program Lead: Matt Petersen Ext. 226
  • Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) Program Specialist: Mario Travaline Ext. 225
  • Fisheries Specialists: Kristan Maccaroni Ext. 224 ; Jason Harris Ext. 227
  • Office Administration / Reception:   Lori Snider Ext. 221
  • Related Contacts, Located at Central Region Office or Central Office headquarters, St. Paul

  • Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist: Keegan Lund    651-259-5828
  • Aquatic Plant Management: Questions and Permits    651-259-5831 (ask for Aquatic Plant Mgt. staff)
  • Fish and Wildlife Kills: Minnesota Duty Officer     651-649-5451 / 1-800-422-0798

 

Notices & Updates (last updated 4/6/16)


Trout Stockings Scheduled For 2016 Open-Water Season (Lakes)

Courthouse Lake is scheduled to receive its standard quota of 3,000 rainbow trout yearlings (projected average weight 1/3 lb each), and Christmas Lake its quota of 1,000 rainbow trout yearlings (projected average weight 0.43 lb each), for the 2016 Open-Water Season (May 14-October 31).  See our Trout Waters page for more details about local trout-fishing management and opportunities.


Recent Regulation Changes: 1) 54-Inch Minimimum For Muskies  2) Darkhouse Spearing Bans Lifted

Fishing-law changes effective with the 2015 Legislative Session had two major local impacts:  1) increased legal harvestable size of many-- but not all-- muskellunge (muskie) waters.  Minimum harvest length for muskies increased to 54 inches.  Lakes managed for tiger muskie (or containing remnant populations) and the Mississippi River upstream from the Coon Rapids Dam have different regulations; 2) allowed dark-house spearing on these lakes-- Minnetonka (and connected lakes Forest, Libbs, Peavey, and Tanager), Rebecca, and Stieger [Steiger].

All other applicable regulations-- including Special Regulations-- related to species, allowable harvest, methods, and seasons remain in effect.  Check our Special Fishing Regulations page or consult the Statewide Regulations for more detail.


2015 Seasonal Fish Kills

We had seen and received reports from spring and early summer of dead fish in several local waters; the timing, numbers, and conditions are consistent with seasonal, bacterial-related causes limited to fish.  Lakes reported, along with (County) and [last reported die-off]:  Cedar (Scott) [6/3/14], Eagle (Carver) [winter 2013-14], Fish (Scott) [5/28/09], Minnetonka-- Lower Lake (Hennepin) [5/17/14], Spring (Scott) [6/6/14], Thole (Scott) [winter 2010-11], Waconia (Carver) [6/6/14].  Some more details, particularly related to Scott County, can be found hereexternal link.


Lake Minnetonka Muskie Study-- Please Report Tagged and Fin-Clipped Fish

MN DNR, Muskies, Inc. Twin Cities Chapter, and Hugh C. Becker Foundation began a project on Lake Minnetonka to evaluate muskellunge (muskie) stocking effectiveness. Since 2009, muskie have been stocked with an individually numbered yellow tag near the dorsal fin. If you catch a tagged muskie that you plan to release, please leave the tag in the fish but record the 6-digit tag number, date caught, lake name, fish species, and fish length via the internet tag-report form or to our office's phone, email, or address (above).  Study Details (includes 2014 season information)


West Metro Fisheries Office Location

Our office is in the Blue Lake Business Center on Scott Co. Hwy. 101 (between US Hwy 169 and Valleyfair amusement park). We share space with two other MN DNR disciplines (Parks & Trails, Wildlife) and Conservation Corps Minnesota-Iowa external link.

No license sales or registration/titling services are available, and we have no hatchery or live fish displays for tours. If you'd like to visit us in person, we recommend you contact us beforehand to ensure staff will be here. Because we're a small, field-oriented office, drop-in visitors could find no available help or a locked building.

West Metro Area Fisheries Information