Tower area fisheries

Tower area fisheries staff perform management, habitat and oversight work for 900 fishing lakes and 2,200 miles of rivers and streams in northern St. Louis and northern Lake counties.

Popular area waters are many popular fishing lakes in the western region of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Vermilion – a premier walleye and muskellunge destination.

The Tower fisheries work area

Where to find us

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

Area lakes by county

Fishing piers & boat ramps by county

Lake management planning

Lakes scheduled for 2024

People who want to discuss the individual fisheries listed below must call or email this area fisheries office during February. Your observations and comments will be considered as updates begin on these fisheries lake management plans.

Comments from people interested in the health and quality of Minnesota’s fisheries are a critical part of the DNR’s fisheries lake management planning process. These plans establish fisheries management goals and objectives for each lake and guide the work fisheries biologists do each year.

Clicking lake links below take you to LakeFinder, where you can find various lake specific information, including past fisheries surveys. To submit input or learn more about each lake’s management plan, please contact this area office.

Lake (nearest city)County
Bald EagleLake
BirchSt. Louis
BlueberrySt. Louis
BurntsideSt. Louis
Cedar (Aurora)St. Louis
Cedar (Winton)Lake
Cedar IslandSt. Louis
CrellinSt. Louis
CummingsSt. Louis
East TwinSt. Louis
West TwinSt. Louis
EsquagamaSt. Louis
Little KnifeLake
TroutSt. Louis

How you can help

Comments about preferred experiences, observations or general concerns about the fishery – rather than suggestions on how DNR might accomplish a specific goal or objective – are the most helpful kinds of input.

Some questions to consider when formulating input could include:

  • What kind of fishing experience are you looking for?
  • Are there fish habitat concerns you’d like to share?
  • What species of fish are most important to you?
  • Do you like catching fewer big fish or a lot of smaller fish?

Individuals as well as representatives of lake associations, outdoors groups, conservations organizations and local units of government are encouraged to comment.

Talk with us

Tower staff

Slide text left for phones & emails

Keith ReevesArea fisheries supervisor218-300-7803[email protected]
Brent FlattenAssistant area fisheries supervisor218-300-7807[email protected]
Matt HennenLarge lake specialist (Vermilion)218-300-7810[email protected]
 Office and administrative specialist218-300-7802 
Kamden GladeFisheries specialist218-300-7804[email protected]
Trent MonsonFisheries technician218-300-7806[email protected]
Jeff MuellerFisheries technician218-300-7808[email protected]

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