East Metro area fisheries

The East Metro fisheries work area

1200 Warner Road
St. Paul, MN 55106
651-259-5831
[email protected]

DNR East Metro Fisheries biologists surveyed Lake Johanna in Ramsey County and netted this impressive 37-inch tiger muskie. A hybrid of pure-strain muskies and northern pike, tiger muskies are stocked into Lake Johanna as 12-inch fingerlings and grow quickly.

NR East Metro Fisheries biologists surveyed Lake Johanna in Ramsey County and netted this impressive 37-inch tiger muskie. A hybrid of pure-strain muskies and northern pike, tiger muskies are stocked into Lake Johanna as 12-inch fingerlings and grow quickly.

Anglers who fish in the Anoka, Dakota, Ramsey and Washington county area benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' East Metro area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor T.J. DeBates and a staff of eight full-time and one part-time employee manage 90 fishing lakes and 146 miles of rivers and streams.

These waters include popular fishing destinations such as Forest and White Bear lakes and the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.

 

Information

East Metro fisheries has completed stocking designated area streams and lakes with trout.

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Trout stocking

Holland Lake trout season: Jan. 18, 2020 – March 31, 2020

  • Possession limit (5 combined - not more than 3 over 16")
  • 1,000 Rainbow Trout were stocked in October (size: 10-14 inches)
  • 1,000 Rainbow Trout were stocked in December (size: 10-14 inches)
  • 100 adult Rainbow Trout were stocked in December (size: up to 5 pounds)
  • Anglers may fish Holland Lake prior to the Jan. 18, 2020 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. 18, 2020 – March 31, 2020

  • Possession limit (5 combined - not more than 3 over 16")
  • 4,000 Rainbow Trout were stocked in December (size: 10-14 inches)
  • 100 adult Rainbow Trout were stocked in December (size: up to 5 pounds)
  • Cenaiko Lake is a designated trout lake and closed to fishing until Jan. 18, 2020. See the fishing regulations for more details on designated trout lakes.

New 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.

Our work
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  • In spring 2018, 2,000 yearling rainbow trout were stocked in the Vermillion River. Another 2,300 rainbow trout will be stocked in the Vermillion River in late April 2018.
  • East Metro produces approximately 6,000 lb of walleye fingerlings annually to stock in our 39 heavily fished walleye lakes.
  • East Metro State Fish hatchery annually produces 25,000,000 walleye fry, 250,000 pure strain muskellunge fingerlings, 100,000 hybrid muskellunge fingerlings for statewide needs and hatches 10 million walleye fry for Mille Lacs Lake.
  • East Metro is in charge of all State Fair fish displays, including acquiring and transferring display fish to the State fairgrounds while managing and maintaining displays to encourage interest in fishing, habitat and clean water among all Minnesotans.
  • East Metro conducts a river hydro-acoustic study investigating native fish movement around our lock and dams systems in the Twin Cities. This information provides information on our native fishes and how dams along our river systems influence fish movement.
  • East Metro Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program provides outreach to under-served, minority and urban communities; collaborates with local units of government with purchasing two-three fishing piers every year; and annually stocks bluegills, channel catfish, trout and white bass into 40 under-served East Metro community lakes.
  • East Metro monitors for invasive carp in the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers while studying native river fishes that could be affected if invasive carp become established in our local major rivers.
Contacts

East metro staff

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Name
Position
Phone
Email
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]
Brian GlasowInvasive carp specialist651-259-5815[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]