DNR seeks comments on Grand Rapids area lake management plans

Citizens interested in commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Grand Rapids area lakes are encouraged to review draft management plans and ask questions or submit comments by Friday, February 19.

Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the fishery and identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next 5 to 20 years. The plans include background on the water body including water chemistry, temperature and species present, and are important in understanding the potential of a fishery.

“Our management plans are the basis of how we make fishery decisions for individual lakes and streams,” said David Weitzel, area fisheries supervisor. “Public comment is important as goals are created or revised in a plan. It is important in complex management where we have special regulations, but can also be incorporated into a simple plan for a small lake by adding information not collected by survey crews. The call for comments also gives the public an opportunity to see the latest plans for area lakes and streams.”

Every year, DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area.

In the Grand Rapids area, plans for the following lakes will be reviewed:

• Beauty.
• Big Too Much.
• Bluewater.
• Caribou.
• Crooked (near Balsam, MN).
• Dixon.
• Hartley.
• Island (near Goodland, MN).
• Jay Gould.
• Little Bowstring.
• Little Jay Gould.
• Little Long (near Marcell, MN).
• Long (north of Grand Rapids, MN).
• Lost (southeast of Bigfork, MN).
• Nickel.
• Ox Hide.
• Peterson.
• Pickerel (near Chisholm, MN).
• Pokegama.
• Round (near Bigfork, MN).
• Shoe Pack.
• Tioga Mine Pit.
• Twin (near Pengilly, MN).
• Trout (north of Grand Rapids, MN).
• Wabana.

People can review current plans for lakes and streams as well as recent fish population assessment information at the DNR’s Grand Rapids area fisheries office, located at 1201 East Highway 169, Grand Rapids. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To request a draft copy of any lake management plan listed above email sandy.deleo@state.mn.us or call (218) 327-4430. Questions or comments about the plans may be sent by email to Grand Rapids area fisheries supervisor, David Weitzel, at david.weitzel@state.mn.us. Suggestions for management of other lakes and streams in the Grand Rapids area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are reviewed.