Anglers who fish in Pipestone, Murray, Cottonwood, Watonwan, Rock, Nobles, Jackson, Martin, southern Lincoln and southern Lyon counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Windom area fisheries staff.
Area Fisheries Supervisor Ryan Doorenbos and a staff of four full-time employees manage 80 fishing lakes and 2,000 miles of rivers and streams. These waters include popular fishing destinations such as Lake Benton, Lake Sarah, Lake Shaokotan and Lake Shetek as well as several other smaller prairie pothole lakes with remarkable productivity for walleye, yellow perch, northern pike, panfish and numerous other fish species as well as the relatively new muskellunge fisheries of Fox Lake and the Fairmont Chain of Lakes.
A Windom area fisheries crew sets a trap net.
Turn east onto 6th Street at the Hwy 60/71 and Hwy 62 intersection (McDonalds on corner). Go up the hill and follow the curve to the right (County Road 26). The DNR office will be on the east side of the road. Map
The Windom Fisheries Management Area includes a ten county area of southwestern Minnesota. Clientele in the Windom Area include sporting clubs, lake associations, and thousands of anglers that fish in the management area annually. The Windom Area Fisheries Office maintains influence over area fisheries resources that included 80 lakes totaling 35,304 acres, numerous warmwater stream/river miles and 2 coldwater streams managed for trout. The Windom Area Fisheries also has physical land properties that include numerous aquatic management areas (AMA), 3 state owned northern pike rearing ponds, 8-15 natural walleye rearing ponds, numerous rough fish barriers, and 1 state owned drainable walleye rearing pond.
The Windom Area Fisheries Office staff conduct walleye and northern pike fingerling production operations and coldwater stocking operations so that numerous individual lake and stream stocking objectives are met annually according to specific management objectives as determined by the Minnesota DNR.
Windom Fisheries staff conduct lake and stream survey and fish population assessments on area lakes according to management objectives. Specific lake and stream survey assessments include analysis of watershed summarization, fish collection, vegetation collection identification and enumeration, substrate identification, water sample collection, and laboratory analysis. The results of these surveys and assessments are incorporated into state survey reports and fisheries management plans/recommendations.
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|Ryan Doorenbos||Area supervisor||507-831-2900, Ext. email@example.com|
|Nate Hodgins||Assistant area supervisor||507-831-2900, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jonah Dagel||Fisheries specialist||507-831-2900, Ext. email@example.com|
|Chuck Obler||Fisheries technician||507-831-2900, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Luke Rossow||Fisheries technician||507-831-2900, Ext. email@example.com|