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Notices & Updates (last updated 12/15/14)
Winter 2015 Stockings Planned: Rainbow Trout Yearlings & Adults; Brown Trout Adults
The following lakes are scheduled for these trout stockings for the 2015 Winter Opener (January 17):
Brown Trout Adults: Courthouse Lake-- 300 fish (1.5-4 lb each*)
Rainbow Trout Adults: Courthouse Lake-- 80 fish (4-5.5 lb each*)
Rainbow Trout yearlings: Courthouse Lake-- 2,500^ fish (^ includes remainder of fall 2014 quota); Little Long-- 500 fish
* hatchery-projected average sizes; individual values will likely differ
Eagle Lake (Hennepin County) Northern Pike Spearing Ban Lifted December 2, 2013
Winter spearing for northern pike is now allowed in Eagle Lake (city of Maple Grove, Hennepin County). All other current applicable State Laws and Regulations for the lake and spearing remain.
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
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 .
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 with a part-time desk attendant, drop-in visitors could find no available help or a locked building.
Regional Fishing Outlooks
information compiled by area fisheries managers