Lake City area fisheries

The Lake City fisheries work area

1801 South Oak Street
Lake City, MN 55041
[email protected]

Lake City area staff electro-fishing during an assessment on a designated trout stream where recent habitat work occurred.

Lake City area staff electro-fishing during an assessment on a designated trout stream where recent habitat work occurred.

Anglers who fish in Goodhue, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona county areas benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Lake City area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Kevin Stauffer with four full-time and one part-time employee manage a handful of reservoirs and the Mississippi River from Hastings to the Iowa border. The area includes the Mississippi's 29,295-acre Lake Pepin, which stretches 21 miles from Red Wing to Alma, Wis. Area staff also manage 200 miles of trout streams and two popular medium-sized rivers – the Cannon and Zumbro.


New Mississippi River border waters regulation proposed

Three public meetings have been scheduled to discuss proposed regulations that would change the bag limit and size restrictions. Meetings are scheduled:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center, 442 Guernsey Lane, Red Wing.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road, Winona.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Wisconsin DNR Service Center, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse, Wis.

Click on the links below for information on the propsed regulations:

All meetings will run from 6 to 8 pm. Information on the regulations proposal will be available in an open house format. There will not be a formal presentation, but information will be displayed on poster boards and staff from the Minnesota and Wisconsin DNR will be available for questions and discussion.

The online survey form is available for those who cannot attend one of the public open house meetings.

Comments and completed questionnaires on the regulation proposals will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.


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Detailed area map - The Lake City fisheries work area includes parts of five counties plus the Mississippi River from Hastings to the Iowa border.

Fisheries research in southeastern Minnesota

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Lake City area fisheries information

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Our work
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  • Conduct annual, long term fisheries monitoring on Lake Pepin, the Mississippi River and Driftless Area trout streams. Data from these monitoring programs create the foundation for fisheries management on these resources.
  • Work in partnership with the state of Wisconsin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and citizen groups to manage fisheries habitat on 150 miles of the Mississippi River from Hastings (Pool 3) to the Iowa border (Pool 9).
  • Develop and implement large-scale habitat restoration projects on the Mississippi River to improve fish habitat and fishing success. Funding from Minnesota's Outdoor Heritage Fund and the federally funded Upper Mississippi River Restoration program pay for the projects but not the development and implementation work that Lake City fisheries staff must do to bring these projects to fruition.
  • Manage approximately 200 miles of trout streams in Goodhue, Dakota and Wabasha counties. Includes acquisition of new angler easements, working cooperatively with Trout Unlimited on one or two stream restoration projects annually and maintaining existing habitat projects and easements.
  • Provide expanded fishing opportunities in the Rochester area through stocking, special regulations and cooperative projects to improve access and fishing success.
  • Manage 400 miles of warm-water streams, including some of the best smallmouth bass streams in the state, including the Cannon and Zumbro rivers.

Contact our Lake City staff

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Kevin StaufferArea supervisor651-345-3365, Ext. 229[email protected]
Nick SchlesserLarge lake specialist651-345-3365, Ext. 235[email protected]
Brian BeyerlFisheries specialist651-345-3365, Ext. 232[email protected]
Dan SpenceFisheries specialist651-345-3365, Ext. 231[email protected]
John HoxmeierResearch scientist651-345-3365, Ext. 237[email protected]
Doug DietermanResearch scientist651-345-3365, Ext. 236[email protected]
Dan DietermanMississippi river habitat specialist651-345-3365, Ext. 230[email protected]