Ortonville area fisheries

Ortonville area fisheries staff perform management, habitat and oversight work for 50 fishing lakes and 2,000 miles of rivers and streams near the headwaters of the Minnesota River in Traverse, Big Stone, western Lac Qui Parle, western Swift, western Yellow Medicine and northern Lincoln counties.

Popular area waters are Big Stone, Lac Qui Parle and Traverse lakes – shallow productive fisheries that produce abundant yellow perch, walleyes, northern pike and panfish.

The Ortonville fisheries work area

Where to find us

811 Pine Street
Ortonville, MN 56278
[email protected]
News & notices

New fishing resources

Lakeside Park on Big Stone Lake in Ortonville, Minnesota We've got new fishing resources for you the 2021 season. Check out the updated Ortonville area fishing outlook and the Ortonville area newsletter.

Ice is never 100% safe

Ice not safe warning signStay off the ice until there are 4 inches of new, clear ice. Even then, take safety precautions. Ice thickness and quality can vary in the same area.

Fishing opportunities

Where to go

If you want a quick look at where you might try fishing next, take a look at our fishing outlook, which we've updated for 2021.

For additional information, check our 2021 Ortonville area fisheries newsletter.

Hear from an expert

The Ortonville Area staff are happy to give presentations to school groups, sportsman's clubs or any local group interested in learning more about the aquatic environment. Anyone interested should contact the Ortonville office via email at [email protected] or telephone at 320-839-2656.

Popular fishing lakes

Survey information, lake maps and consumption advisories are available online for theses Ortonville area lakes.

ArtichokeBig Stone
Big StoneBig Stone
Del ClarkYellow Medicine
East ToquaBig Stone
Hawks NestLincoln
JohnYellow Medicine
Lac qui ParleLac qui Parle
Long TomBig Stone
MarshBig Stone
Steep BankLincoln
SylvanYellow Medicine
Talk with us

Ortonville staff

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Chris DomeierArea fisheries supervisor320-839-2656[email protected]
Kyle AndersonAssistant area fisheries supervisor320-839-2656[email protected]
BJ BauerFisheries specialist320-839-2656[email protected]
Doug PierzinaFisheries technician320-839-2656[email protected]
Jeff MalzahnFisheries technician320-839-2656[email protected]
Danielle HageOffice administrative specialist320-839-2656[email protected]