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.
Where to find us811 Pine Street
Ortonville, MN 56278
- News & notices
New fishing resources
Ice is never 100% safe
Stay 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.
- Talk with us
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Chris Domeier Area fisheries supervisor 320-839-2656 [email protected] Kyle Anderson Assistant area fisheries supervisor 320-839-2656 [email protected] BJ Bauer Fisheries specialist 320-839-2656 [email protected] Doug Pierzina Fisheries technician 320-839-2656 [email protected] Jeff Malzahn Fisheries technician 320-839-2656 [email protected] Danielle Hage Office administrative specialist 320-839-2656 [email protected]