Ortonville area fisheries

The Ortonville fisheries work area

811 Pine Street
Ortonville, MN 56278
320-839-2656
[email protected]

An Ortonville fisheries crew at work along a western Minnesota river.

An Ortonville fisheries crew at work along a western Minnesota river.

Anglers who fish near the headwaters of the Minnesota River in Traverse, Big Stone, western Lac Qui Parle, western Swift, western Yellow Medicine and northern Lincoln counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Ortonville area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Chris Domeier and a staff of five employees manage 50 fishing lakes and 2,000 miles of rivers and streams. Those waters include popular fishing destinations such as the Big Stone, Lac Qui Parle and Traverse lakes – shallow productive fisheries that produce abundant yellow perch, walleyes, northern pike and panfish.

Information

Where to go

If you want a quick look at where you might try fishing next, take a look at our fishing outlook.

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.

Lakes

License Dollars At Work logo and link to pageSurvey information, lake maps and consumption advisories are available online for the following Ortonville area lakes:

Lake nameCounty
Artichoke
Big Stone
Del Clark
East Toqua
Hawks Nest
Hendricks
John
Lac qui Parle
Long Tom
Marsh
Oak
Oliver
Perch
Porter
Steep Bank
Sylvan
Traverse
Big Stone
Big Stone
Yellow Medicine
Big Stone
Lincoln
Lincoln
Yellow Medicine
Lac qui Parle
Big Stone
Big Stone
Lincoln
Swift
Lincoln
Lincoln
Lincoln
Yellow Medicine
Traverse
Our work
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  • Conducting 25 assessments of fish populations annually and providing this information to stakeholders.
  • Stocking area waters with walleye, northern pike, lake sturgeon, panfish and trout.
  • Operating 40 rearing ponds to produce walleye fingerlings, yearlings and adults to meet statewide stocking needs.
  • Partnering with stakeholders on fish habitat projects, including the Marsh Lake Ecosystem Restoration Project, dam removals, spawning areas and shoreline stabilizations.
  • Coordinating management of border waters with the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Department.
  • Providing fish for county fair displays and school educational events.
Contacts

Ortonville staff

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Name
Position
Phone
Email
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]
VacantOffice administrative specialist320-839-2656