Detroit Lakes area fisheries

Minnesota map showing Detroit Lakes location

14583 County Highway 19
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
[email protected]

Anglers who fish in Becker, Clay, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk and Red Lake county areas benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Detroit Lakes area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Nathan Olson and a staff of six full-time and three part-time employees manage 151 fishing lakes and more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. Those waters include popular fishing destinations such as nearby Detroit Lake, the Cormorant lLicense Dollars At Workakes area, White Earth and portions of the Red River.

What we do

At work for you

Detroit Lakes area staff stocking Lake Sturgeon fingerlings in Clay County's Buffalo River.

Detroit Lakes area staff stocking Lake Sturgeon fingerlings in Clay County's Buffalo River.

  • Harvesting over 40,000,000 walleye eggs and producing 20 million walleye fry and up to 12,000 pounds of walleye fingerlings per year.
  • Administering 121 Aquatic Management Area (AMA) parcels totaling over 1,500 acres of land, nearly 20 miles of shoreline, and over 8 miles of streams.
  • Coordinating with the White Earth Indian Reservation, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, South Dakota, North Dakota and the Province of Manitoba on Red River fisheries management issues.
  • Evaluating experimental regulations on seven lakes and one river.
  • Conducting and reporting about 25 lake/stream assessments per year.
  • Compiling about 25 lake/stream management plans per year.
  • Providing technical/advisory information to local, state and federal agencies on various development/resource activities.
  • Attending and/or provide information for seven lake association and sportsman's club meetings per year.
  • Maintain the Becker County fair fish display.
  • Delivering about six MinnAqua and outreach programs to various groups per year, including a kids fishing pond.
Area highlights


Area staff


Contact our Detroit Lakes staff

Nathan OlsonArea supervisor218-846-8290[email protected]
Mandy EricksonAssistant area supervisor218-846-8290[email protected]
Mike HabratFisheries specialist218-846-8290[email protected]
Joel JokelaFisheries technician218-846-8290[email protected]
Krysta LiptonOffice administrative specialist218-846-8290[email protected]