Little Falls area fisheries

The Little Falls area fisheries work area

16543 Haven Road
Little Falls, MN 56345
[email protected]

Anglers who fish in Benton, Morrison, Mille Lacs and Todd county benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Little Falls area fisheries staff.

License Dollars At Work logo and link to pageArea Fisheries Supervisor Eric Altena and a staff of four full-time and two part-time employees manage 90 fishing lakes and 471 miles of rivers and streams. These waters include popular fishing destinations such as Alexander, Big Birch and Shamineau lakes plus portions of the Mississippi, Crow Wing, Rum and Sauk rivers.

What we do
A pair of bluegills caught during a spring assessement.

A pair of bluegills caught during a spring assessment.

  • Stock two water bodies with pure-strain muskellunge.
  • Stock 38 lakes with walleye fry or fingerlings.
  • Produce and stock 1,500-5,000 lbs. of walleye fingerlings each year.
  • Produce up to 5,000 muskelunge fingerlings each year.
  • Provide fish for two county fair displays.
  • Provide support for watershed districts and youth education efforts.
  • Drawdown of Little Rock Lake and Sartell Pool to improve water quality.
  • Research of bass populations in area lakes and evaluation of special bluegill regulations.
  • Ice-out fisheries surveys to gain insight into walleye, northern pike, and muskie populations in larger area lakes, such as Alexander, Fish Trap, and Shamineau.
Area highlights


Area staff

Contact our Little Falls staff

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Eric AltenaArea supervisor320-616-2450, Ext. 225[email protected]
Brady BeckerAssistant area supervisor320-616-2450, Ext. 226[email protected]
Steve MarodFisheries specialist320-616-2450, Ext. 239[email protected]
Tanner StevensFisheries specialist320-616-2450, Ext. 227[email protected]
Larry ZimmermanFisheries technician320-616-2450, Ext. 247[email protected]s
Audrey KuchinskiAquatic plant specialist320-616-2450, Ext. 235[email protected]
Rachael NicollOffice administrative specialist320-616-2450, Ext. 221