DNR seeks comments on Duluth area lake and stream management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Duluth area lakes and streams have until March 1 to ask questions or submit comments.

“Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the waters,” said Deserae Hendrickson, Duluth area fisheries manager. “The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next five to 20 years.”

Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Duluth area, plans for the following lakes and streams will reviewed:

Lakes
Hanging Horn Lake (Carlton County) – changing to primary management for rainbow and brown trout.
Twin Lakes (City of Duluth) – increased stocking due to addition of lower basin for trout management.
Bassett, Harris, Leora, Murphy, and West Twin Lakes (St. Louis County) – amendment to existing plan with stocking adjustments and/or changes to sampling frequency.
Sand Lake (Carlton County) – amendment to existing plan adding reintroductory stocking following winterkill events.

Streams
Chester Creek (City of Duluth) – amendment to existing plan changing stocking from brook trout to brown trout.
Lester River (St. Louis County) – amendment to existing plan detailing stocking changes.
St. Louis River (Carlton County) – amendment to existing plan for reach within Jay Cooke State Park discontinuing brown trout stocking.
Us-Kab-Wan-Ka River (St. Louis County) – amendment to existing plan to change from brown trout to brook trout management.

Interested parties can review current plans for lakes and streams in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information at the DNR’s Duluth area fisheries office, 5351 N. Shore Drive in Duluth. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. People may call 218-302-3267 or  email Pam Hetland at pam.hetland@state.mn.us to request a copy of a plan or submit comments on a plan.

Public comments on management of Duluth area lakes and streams will be taken through Wednesday, March 1.  Suggestions for management of any of the other lakes and streams in the Duluth area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review.