East Metro area fisheries

East Metro area fisheries staff perform management, habitat and oversight work for 90 fishing lakes and 146 miles of rivers and streams in Anoka, Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties.

Popular area waters are Forest and White Bear lakes and the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.

The East Metro fisheries work area

Where to find us

1200 Warner Road
St. Paul, MN 55106
[email protected]
News & notices

Trout stocked for 2021

Trout being dipped with a net as they are stocked

We’ve stocked Holland Lake in Dakota County and Cenaiko Lake in Anoka County with rainbow trout for the 2021 season.

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Fishing opportunities

Area lakes by county


Trout stocking

Holland Lake trout season: Jan. 16, 2021 – March 31, 2021

  • Possession limit (5 combined - not more than 3 over 16")
  • 1,000 Rainbow Trout were stocked in October (size: 10-14 inches)
  • 50 Rainbow Trout broodstock were stocked in November (3-5 pounds each)
  • Anglers may fish Holland Lake prior to the Jan. 16, 2021 opener, but may not target or harvest Rainbow Trout until the opener. During the trout fishing season, anglers need a trout stamp to legally harvest Rainbow Trout in Holland Lake.

Cenaiko Lake Trout Season: Jan. 16, 2021 – March 31, 2021

  • Possession limit (5 combined - not more than 3 over 16")
  • 2,500 Rainbow Trout were stocked in November (size: 10-14 inches)
  • 150 Rainbow Trout broodstock were stocked in November (3-5 pounds each)
  • Cenaiko Lake is a designated trout lake and closed to fishing until Jan. 16, 2021. See the fishing regulations for more details on designated trout lakes.

Vermillion River Regulations

Within a 19.5 mile reach from the Highview Avenue bridge in Eureka Township in Farmington to the posted boundary 1.1 miles downstream from the U.S. Highway 52 Bridge, including all tributaries to their source (Dakota County). Brown Trout: Catch-and-release only. Rainbow Trout: Regular statewide regulations apply. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, angling for Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout is allowed but catch-and-release only (all trout must be immediately released). The Vermillion River is not part of the Jan. 1 - April 15 catch-and-release season.

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East Metro staff

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T.J. DeBatesArea supervisor651-259-5770[email protected]
Jim LevittAssistant area supervisor651-259-5819[email protected]
Eric SanftFisheries specialist651-259-5758[email protected]
Joel StirasLarge river specialist  651-259-5806[email protected]
Kevin CookRiver specialist651-259-5043[email protected]
Tim OhmannFishing in the Neighborhood (FiN)651-259-5787[email protected]
Donn SchraderHatchery manager651-259-5801[email protected]
James StoneFisheries technician651-259-5759[email protected]
Ben LarsonInvasive carp lead worker651-259-5815[email protected]
Kayla StampfleInvasive carp specialist  651-259-5865[email protected]
Mandy AnzaldiOffice administrative specialist651-259-5761[email protected]
Will FrenchFisheries research651-259-5750[email protected]
Mark NemethTrout habitat specialist651-259-5786[email protected]