DNR seeks comments on Finland area lake management plans

North Shore anglers and others interested in learning about the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Finland area lakes are invited to review and comment on management plans scheduled for review this winter. The comments on the lakes and streams will be accepted through Jan. 31.

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

Comments and suggestions from those interested in these waters are crucial when it comes to making the plans and determining management success. For anglers, this is the best opportunity to influence how these lakes are managed.

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

Lakes located in Cook County being revised with no changes in management:

  • Feather Lake

Lakes located in Lake County being updated with no changes in management:

  • Bear Lake
  • Benson Lake
  • Bone Lake
  • Crosscut Lake
  • Goldeneye Lake
  • Gypsy lake
  • Highlife Lake
  • Jouppi Lake
  • Scarp Lake
  • Shoofly Lake
  • Steer Lake
  • Unnamed (Peanut) Lake
  • Unnamed (Pear) Lake

Lakes located in Lake County being revised with potential management changes:

  • Bean Lake – allow for contingency stocking.
  • Beaver Hut – consider change in species management.
  • Beetle Lake – increase in Brook Trout stocking.
  • Eikela Lake – change in stocking frequency.
  • East Lake – consider change in species management.
  • Divide Lake – increase stocking to include fall stocking and contingency stocking.
  • Echo Lake – increase stocking to include fall stocking and contingency stocking.
  • Hogback Lake – increase stocking to include fall stocking and contingency stocking.
  • Norway Lake – increase stocking.
  • Redskin Lake – allow for contingency stocking.
  • Section Eight Lake – increase in Brook Trout stocking and allow for contingency stocking.

Interested parties can review current plans and draft plans (as they are developed) for lakes and streams in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information at the DNR’s Finland area fisheries office, 6686 Highway 1, Box 546, Finland, Minnesota.

Office hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals also may call 218-353-8855 or email finland.fisheries@state.mn.us to have an electronic copy of a management plan emailed to them.

Public comments on management of these waters will be taken through Jan 31. Comments may be submitted via mail or email. Suggestions for management of any of the other lakes and streams in the Finland area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review.