Fergus Falls area fisheries

Minnesota map showing Fergus Falls location

1509 1st Avenue North
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
[email protected]

Anglers who fish in the Otter Tail and Wilkin county area benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Fergus Falls area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Jim Wolters and a staff of five full-time and six part-time employees manage 250 fishing lakes and 150 miles of majoLicense Dollars At Workr rivers and smaller streams. These waters include popular fishing destinations such as Otter Tail, Big Pine and North Lida lakes. Area staff also manage portions of the Otter Tail, Pelican and Red rivers.

What we do


At work for you

Collecting muskellunge at night from a local lake to estimate the adult population.

Collecting muskellunge at night from a local lake to estimate the adult population.

  • Annually operate a walleye spawn-take operation that collects roughly 60 million eggs; a seasonal hatchery to produce approximately 40 million walleye fry; and 20 rearing ponds producing approximately 10,000 pounds of walleye fingerlings for stocking regional lakes.
  • Conducting approximately 25 lake surveys and several special assessments annually to evaluate population status and response to management activities and/or special regulations.
  • Cooperating with lake associations, sports clubs and other resource users using outreach in preparing approximately 16-20 lake/stream management plans per year.
  • Coordinating Red River Fisheries management activities with the states of South Dakota, North Dakota and the Province of Manitoba.


Area highlights


Area staff


Contact our Fergus Falls staff

Jim WoltersArea supervisor218-739-7576[email protected].us
Howard FullhartAssistant area supervisor218-739-7576[email protected]
Steve KubenyFisheries specialist218-739-7576[email protected]
Mike NelsonFisheries technician218-739-7576[email protected]
Luke SchalekampFisheries specialist218-739-7576[email protected]
Marnie FranzeOffice administrative specialist218-739-7576[email protected]