DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake management plans

Citizens interested in commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes are encouraged to review current or draft management plans and ask questions or submit comments by Thursday, March 31, 2016.

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 Edie Evarts, 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 Tower area, plans for the following lakes will be reviewed. These lakes are located in northeastern St. Louis County or northern Lake County.
Lakes:
• Armstrong.
• Bass (near Biwabik).
• Birch (near Babbitt).
• Colby.
• Dan.
• Ennis.
• Eagle’s Nest 3.
• Gilbert Pit (Lake Ore-B-Gone).
• Little Long.
• Little Sand.
• Ojibway.
• Regenbogen.
• Sand (near Britt).

People can review current plans for lakes and streams as well as recent fish population assessment information at the DNR’s Tower fisheries office, 650 Highway 169 in Tower. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To request a draft or current copy of any lake management plan listed above email dena.roseth@state.mn.us or call 218-753-2580 ext. 221.

Questions or comments about the plans may be sent by email to Tower area fisheries supervisor, Edie Evarts, at edie.evarts@state.mn.us. Suggestions for management of other lakes and streams in the Tower area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are reviewed.