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

 

Notices & Updates:


2013-14 Low Oxygen, Winterkills Appearing In Some Shallow Waters

Updated April 15, 2014    Oxygen levels observed in February-March 2014 have been low in some shallow lakes. Those lakes were-- Carver County: Eagle, Goose, Susan, Swede; Hennepin County: Duck, Half Moon, Mitchell, Red Rock, Spurzem/Spurzen, Starring;  Scott County:  Cynthia, Schneider.

Winerkill evidence (fish carcass sightings) has also been found in Eagle, Goose, Lotus, and Turbid Lakes (Carver County); Cornelia, Normandale, Red Rock, Rice Lake & nearby stormwater ponds in Maple Grove, Smith/Schmidt/Mud Lake, and wetland #27-0634 ["Lake Success"] in Brooklyn Park (Hennepin County); and Schneider Lake (Scott County).

Effects of the persistent 2013-14 winter will affect fish survival in waters lacking depth and sufficient re-oxygenation sources.  There will likely be winterkill where such fish die-offs have occurred before.  And because of this winter's severity, impacts might be seen where they have not been seen for decades.

For more information on the winterkill phenomenon, check our Winterkills page.


Courthouse, Christmas Lakes: 2014 Open-Water Season Trout Stocking Plans

For the 2014 open-water ("summer") trout season (May 10-October 31), Courthouse Lake (Chaska) is scheduled to receive its quota of 3,000 yearling rainbow trout, and Christmas Lake (Shorewood-Greenwood) is scheduled to get its 1,000-yearling rainbow trout quota.  The yearlings we receive typically average 0.4-0.6 lb. 

Any trout surviving from previous stockings in these two lakes, as well as in Little Long Lake (Minnetrista-- last stocked winter 2012-13) would be available for open-water-season fishing.

See our Local Trout Fishing Page for more details on our trout-fishing management.


Eagle Lake (Hennepin County) Northern Pike Spearing Ban Lifted December 2, 2013

2013 legislation now allows winter spearing for northern pike in Eagle Lake (city of Maple Grove, Hennepin County), effective December 2, 2013. The Special Regulation prohibiting wintertime northern pike spearing is no longer in effect. All other current and applicable State Laws and Regulations for the lake and spearing remain. Other Special Regulations in our Area are unaffected by this change. Be aware pure-strain muskellunge are managed in Eagle Lake, so they and possibly natural hybrids (tiger muskie) are present.


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).  Last stocking:  1,200 fingerlings, 215 yearlings in November 2012.   Muskie 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 external link.

No license or registration/titling services are available, and we have no hatchery or fish-holding facilities 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.

West Metro Area Fisheries Information

Regional Fishing Outlooks
information compiled by area fisheries managers