West Metro area fisheries

West Metro area fisheries staff perform management, habitat and oversight work for 102 fishing lakes and 108 miles of rivers and streams in Carver, Hennepin and Scott counties.

Popular area waters are Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and two large rivers – the Minnesota and Mississippi.

The West Metro fisheries work area

Where to find us

7050 Highway 101 East
Suite 100
Shakopee, MN 55379
[email protected]
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Fishing opportunities

Area lakes by county


Related Contacts

  • Aquatic plant management: Questions and Permits 651-259-5831 (ask for aquatic plant management staff)
  • Fish and wildlife kills: Minnesota Duty Officer 651-649-5451 / 1-800-422-0798
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

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

West Metro staff

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Daryl EllisonArea supervisor952-236-5171[email protected]
Matt PetersenAssistant area supervisor952-236-5175[email protected]
Mark NemethTrout stream habitat specialist952-236-5172[email protected]
 Fishing in the Neighborhood  
Mario TravalineFishing in the Neighborhood952-236-5174[email protected]
Kristan MaccaroniFisheries specialist952-236-5173[email protected]
Jason HarrisFisheries specialist952-236-5176[email protected]
VacantOffice administrative specialist952-236-5170 
April LondoAquatic invasive species specialist651-259-5861[email protected]

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