Aitkin area fisheries

Aitkin area fisheries staff perform management, habitat and oversight work throughout Aitkin County for 150 fishing lakes, 110 miles of the Mississippi River and hundreds of miles of other warm water rivers and streams.

Popular area waters are Big Sandy, Farm Island, Cedar and Minnewawa.

The Aitkin fisheries work area

Where to find us

1200 Minnesota Avenue South
Aitkin, MN 56431
[email protected]
News & notices

Be safe on the ice

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Fishing opportunities

Area lakes by county

Fishing piers & boat ramps by county

Lake management planning

Comments from people interested in the health and quality of Minnesota’s fisheries are a critical part of the DNR’s fisheries lake management planning process. These plans establish fisheries management goals and objectives for each lake and guide the work fisheries biologists do each year.

No lakes are scheduled for updates in 2024.

Talk with us

Aitkin staff

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Rick BruesewitzArea supervisor218-429-3031[email protected]
Greg BergAssistant area supervisor218-429-3031[email protected]
VacantFisheries specialist218-429-3031 
Kris NissenFisheries technician218-429-3031[email protected]
Tom JonesRegional treaty coordinator218-429-3031[email protected]
Serena MiazzoOffice administrative specialist218-429-3031[email protected]

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