News release: DNR seeks comments on Northern St. Louis County fisheries management plans

March 28, 2023

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anglers and others to comment through Friday, April 21, on fish management plans for several lakes in northern St. Louis County that are located in the International Falls fisheries work area.

Fisheries management plans will be reviewed for the following lakes in St. Louis County:

  • Blackduck
  • Johnson
  • Kjostad
  • Loon
  • Mukooda
  • Myrtle
  • Pelican

The DNR will use comments and suggestions from the public as it updates 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; background information such as water chemistry and water temperature; and 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 most useful before plans are finalized. 

Anyone can request information and share thoughts about fisheries management on these lakes by contacting the International Falls area fisheries office by email at [email protected] or phone at 218-598-8196, or by U.S. mail at International Falls Area Fisheries, 392 Highway 11 East, International Falls, MN, 56649. Information about International Falls area lakes is also available on the DNR LakeFinder.

Comments and suggestions for managing other lakes and streams in the International Falls work area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review. More information about the International Falls area fisheries office is available on the DNR website.

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