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 2023

Trout being dipped with a net as they are stockedBoth yearling and adult trout have been stocked in two popular east metro lakes for the 2023 trout opener on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Get out on the ice

Learning to ice fishIce fishing can be mystifying so we've developed how-to guides and videos so you can learn what you need and what to do on the ice this winter.

Fishing opportunities

Area lakes by county


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.

Talk with us

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]
Tim OhmannFishing in the Neighborhood (FiN)651-259-5787[email protected]
Genevieve FurtnerHatchery manager651-259-5801[email protected]
James StoneFisheries technician651-259-5759[email protected]
Kayla StampfleInvasive carp specialist  651-259-5865[email protected]
Hunter BrooksInvasive carp specialist  -[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]