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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 The Special Regulation prohibiting wintertime northern pike spearing is no longer in effect.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.
Courthouse, Little Long Lakes Trout Stockings Planned For For 2014 Winter Season
For the 2014 winter trout season (January 18-March 31), Courthouse Lake (Chaska) is scheduled to receive its rainbow trout quota of 2,000 yearling fish. Some surplus rainbow, brook, and brown trout (appx 200 fish combined) will also be available. Little Long Lake (Minnetrista) is scheduled to get 500 yearling rainbow trout. Fish remaining from previous stockings in these two lakes, as well as in Christmas Lake (Shorewood-Greenwood), would also be be available when the season opens.
See our Local Trout Fishing Page for more details on our trout-fishing management.
Fall 2013 Stockings: Walleye, Hybrid Muskellunge Fingerlings; Rainbow & Brown Trout
Lakes that received walleye fingerling stockings in fall 2013, by county: Carver-- Lotus; Hennepin-- Calhoun, Cedar, Eagle, Harriet, Independence, Long, Medicine, Nokomis; Scott-- Fish, O'Dowd, Prior, Spring.
Lakes stocked with walleye fry in spring 2013, by county: Carver-- Eagle, Waconia; Scott-- Cedar.
Lake stocked with private-permit walleye (fingerlings unless noted) in 2013, by county: Hennepin-- Minnetonka (limited number of yearlings in north & west basins).
Lakes stocked with private-contract hybrid (tiger) muskellunge fingerling stockings: Bryant and Crystal in Hennepin County.
Courthouse Lake received the fall allotment of 1,000 yearling rainbow trout. An additional 110 adult brown trout from hatchery surplus were also stocked. Note: trout fishing season is now closed; the winter season opens one hour before sunrise January 18, 2014
2012-13 Low Oxygen ("Winterkill") Evidence From Shallow Lakes, Bays, Ponds, and Streams
Staff checking lake oxygen levels in mid-March 2013 found some low readings in several shallow, fertile lakes. They were-- Carver County: Swede; Hennepin County: Duck, Snelling, and Staring (Starring). Post-ice-out corroborating evidence has come in the form of fish carcass sightings from Hennepin County stormwater ponds, Minnehaha Creek, Jeffers Pond (Scott County), and a bay of Fish Lake- Scott Co. (April 28-30 reports).
Such conditions, brought on by persistent ice cover during the 2012-13 winter, has induced fish mortality in some lakes, bays, or stream sections lacking depth and conditions allowing re-oxygenation. There will likely be winterkill evidence where these die-offs have occurred before.
For more information on the winterkill phenomenon, check our Winterkills page.
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 . No license or animal registration services are available, and we have no hatchery or fish-holding facilities. 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 receptionist, drop-in visitors could find no available help or a locked building.
Regional Fishing Outlooks
information compiled by area fisheries managers