DNR fisheries seeks comments on Sand, Tamarack lake management plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Duluth area fisheries is seeking comments through Friday, March 16 on updated lake management plans for Sand and Tamarack lakes in Carlton County.

“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 and are a good opportunity for the public to share their observations about the fishery.”

Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area. Sand and Tamarack lakes are being reviewed with the following actions proposed:

Sand Lake (Carlton County) – updated plan adding re-introductory stocking following winterkill events.

Tamarack Lake (Carlton County) – evaluation of fingerling stocking program and change in sampling frequency.

Interested parties can review current plans for lakes 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 these Duluth area lakes will be taken through Friday, March 16.  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.