DNR seeks comments on Grand Rapids area lake and stream management plans

Anglers and others interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Grand Rapids area lakes and streams are invited to ask questions and submit comments on lake management plans up until the Friday, March 15 deadline.

Management plans describe the past, present, and desired future conditions of the water resources. The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next five to 20 years and are an opportunity to weigh in on the management of area lakes.

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

Lakes and Streams
• Arrowhead – general fish management.
• Battle – general fish management.
• Bear – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
• Burnt Shanty – general fish management.
• Burrows – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
• Deer (Effie) – general fish management, walleye stocking and regulation review.
• Erskine – general fish management, trout management review.
• Highland – general fish management.
• Jessie – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
• Johnson (Marcell) – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
• Judson Mine Pit – general fish management, trout management review.
• Kinney Mine Pit – general fish management, trout management review.
• Little Ball Club – general fish management.
• Little Deer – general fish management.
• Little Sand – general fish management.
• Little Splithand – general fish management.
• Moose (Deer River) – general fish management, walleye stocking and regulation review.
• Moose (Northome) – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
• Owen – general fish management, walleye stocking review.
• Pancake – general fish management.
• Pancake Creek – general fish management, trout management review.
• Pickerel – general fish management.
• Pokegama Creek – general fish management, trout management review.
• Rice – general fish management.
• Sand Creek – general fish management, trout management review.
• Splithand – general fish management, walleye stocking and regulation review.
• Swan – general fish management, walleye stocking and regulation review.
• Trout (Coleraine) – general fish management, walleye stocking and regulation review.

Current plans for lakes and streams in the area, as well as recent fish population assessment information are available for review at the DNR’s Grand Rapids area fisheries office, at 1201 East Hwy 2, Grand Rapids, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, call or email David Weitzel at 218-328-8835 or david.weitzel@state.mn.us.

Public comments on management of these waters will be taken through Friday, March 15.  Comments and suggestions for management of any other streams and lakes in the Grand Rapids area are welcomed at any time, and will be considered when those plans are due for review.