Lake City, MN 55041
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.
Detailed area map - The Lake City fisheries work area includes parts of five counties plus the Mississippi River from Hastings to the Iowa border.
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- Our work
What we do
- 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.
Lake City staff
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Kevin Stauffer Area supervisor 651-299-4032 [email protected] Neil Rude Assistant area supervisor 651-299-4025 [email protected] Nick Schlesser Large lake specialist 651-299-4030 [email protected] Brian Beyerl Fisheries specialist 651-299-4026 [email protected] Dan Spence Fisheries specialist 651-299-4031 [email protected] John Hoxmeier Research scientist 651-299-4028 [email protected]