Anglers who fish in Cook County benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Grand Marais area fisheries staff.
Area Fisheries Supervisor Steve Persons and a staff of two full-time and one part-time employee manage 727 fishing lakes and 1,200 miles of rivers and streams. These waters include popular fishing destinations such as Saganaga Lake, North Shore steelhead streams and the east end of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
- What we do
At work for you
A Grand Marais crew pepares to portage lake trout eggs out of Mountain Lake. The eggs supply trout stocking programs throughout Minnesota.
- Supporting coldwater fishing by managing 60 lakes for lake trout, 56 lakes for stream trout, 44 streams for wild brook trout and 24 streams for wild steelhead and salmon.
- Supporting warmwater fishing by managing 100 lakes for walleye, 176 lakes for northern pike, 18 lakes for smallmouth bass, 23 lakes for panfish or perch and six streams for warmwater species. Many lakes are managed for two or more species.
- Producing 40,000 lake trout eggs to maintain the state's native inland lake trout stocking program. Using native lake trout improves our stocking success, producing more fish for anglers.
- Stocking walleye in 13 lakes, and lake trout in three lakes. We stock 125,000 stream trout in lakes annually. Stocking supports fishing in lakes that have little or no natural reproduction.
- Monitoring fish populations and evaluating management actions by completing 15-25 lake surveys and 6-10 stream surveys annually.
- Area highlights
- Area staff
Contact our Grand Marais staff
Steve Persons Area supervisor 218-387-6021 [email protected] Matt Weberg Assistant area supervisor 218-387-6021 [email protected] Brian Homola Fisheries technician 218-387-6021 [email protected] Steve Jungclaus Fisheries technician 218-387-6021 [email protected]