Tower area fisheries

The Tower fisheries work area

650 Highway 169
Tower, MN 55790-8304
[email protected]

Anglers who fish in northern St Louis and northern Lake counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Tower area fisheries staff.

License Dollars At Work logo and link to pageArea Fisheries Supervisor Edie Evarts and a staff of six full-time and additional part-time hatchery employees manage more than 900 fishing lakes and 2,200 miles of rivers and streams. These waters include many popular fishing lakes in the western region of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Vermilion – a premier walleye and muskellunge destination.

What we do
A Tower area fisheries specialist records data in the field for better fish management.

A Tower area fisheries specialist records data in the field for better fish management.

  • Managing Lake Vermilion, a 40,000-acre fishery.
  • Managing and stocking 25 stream trout lakes with one or more of the following species – brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and splake.
  • Managing and protecting 33 deep, clear water lakes with lake trout populations, many in remote Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness locations.
  • Collecting more than 100 million walleye eggs per year at the Pike River hatchery and spawn take.
  • Stocking walleye in 50 lakes with inadequate natural reproduction to support fisheries.
  • Rearing more than 2,500 Leech Lake strain muskellunge for stocking.
Area highlights



Area staff


Contact our Tower staff

Email is the best way to contact staff

Edie EvartsArea fisheries supervisor218-300-7803[email protected]
Jeff EiblerAssistant area fisheries supervisor218-300-7804[email protected]
Matt HennenLarge lake specialist (Vermilion)218-300-7810[email protected]
Lisa SandersonOffice and administrative specialist218-300-7802[email protected]
Brent FlattenFisheries specialist218-300-7807[email protected]
Andy LevarFisheries technician218-300-7809[email protected]
Jeff MuellerFisheries technician218-300-7808[email protected]