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.
- What we do
At work for you
An Ortonville fisheries crew at work along a western Minnesota river.
- 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.
- Area highlights
Where to go
If you want a quick look at where you might try fishing next, take a look at the following graphs for lakes sampled in 2018.
- 2018 Walleye catch graph
- 2018 Crappie catch graph
- 2018 Northern pike catch graph
- 2018 Yellow perch catch graph
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.
- Survey information, lake maps and consumption advisories are available online for the following Ortonville area lakes:
Lake name County Artichoke
Lac qui Parle
Lac qui Parle
- Area staff
Contact our Ortonville staff
Chris Domeier Ortonville area fisheries supervisor 320-839-2656 [email protected] Kyle Anderson Ortonville 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] Noelle Haukos Office administrative specialist 320-839-2656 [email protected]