The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anglers and others to comment through Wednesday, March 15, on fisheries management plans for several waters in Carlton and St. Louis counties.
Fisheries management plans will be reviewed for the following waters in these counties:
- Clearwater Lake – revised plan to increase trout stocking rate and split stocking between spring and fall seasons.
- Little River – initial management plan including a proposal to introduce brook trout to the river.
- South Branch Whiteface River (also known as Hornby Junction Creek) – initial management plan including a proposal to introduce brook trout to specific reaches of the river.
- Talmadge River – initial management plan including a proposal to introduce brook trout to specific reaches of the river and extend trout designation to include headwater reaches of the stream.
The DNR will use comments and suggestions from the public as it finalizes fisheries management plans that identify specific management activities planned for these lakes over the next five to 20 years. The plans include a variety of fisheries information, including summaries and evaluation of past management activities and regulations and background information such as water chemistry and water temperature, species presence, stocking, and historic catch rates from previous fisheries surveys.
The plans may also identify biological and social factors that may limit a fishery’s potential and seek to address limiting factors by prescribing science-based management tools when biologically, fiscally and socially appropriate.
Comments and suggestions from the public are important in identifying angler values and social considerations to include in plans. Public input is due by March 15. Anyone can request information and share thoughts about fisheries management by contacting the Duluth area fisheries office by email at [email protected], phone at 218-302-3264, or by U.S. mail at Duluth Area Fisheries, 5351 North Shore Drive, Duluth, MN 55804. Information about Duluth area lakes is also available on the DNR LakeFinder.
Comments and suggestions for managing other lakes and streams in the Duluth work area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review. More information about the Duluth area fisheries office is available on the DNR website.