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Five MN DNR Fisheries Workgroups meet several times each year to discuss research, population, harvest trends and fisheries management with DNR fisheries staff.


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MN DNR stocks 1,895 pounds of fingerling Walleye in Detroit Lake annually.

2,000 Lake Sturgeon fingerlings are stocked annually in Detroit Lake.

Big and Little Detroit are stocked with 3,000 Muskellunge fingerlings in odd-numbered years.


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June 2017 - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources scientists look into why walleye are stressed.  READ

READ 2017 Minnesota Fishing Regulations

June 9, 2017 - NEWS RELEASE - - MN DNR seeks outside review of Mille Lacs Lake walleye questions and concerns

January 15, 2017 - MN DNR Walleye Advisory Committee discusses lowering walleye limits, northern pike limit changes, and a fishing license fee increase.  READ MORE

January 12, 2017 - Reduced bag limits for MN walleye anglers? MN DNR Central Region Fisheries Manager, Brad Parsons, responded to anglers' request to reduce bag limits citing there aren’t a lot of places from which to look at data to prove scientifically that a slightly reduced bag limit is sound science.  Outdoor News article.

January 12, 2017 - Trace levels of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals may be harming fish in Minnesota rivers and lakes, according to a study released today by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

June 17, 2016 - According to the MN DNR approximately 366 muskies are in Detroit Lake. READ THE FULL ARTICLE

September 9, 2014 - A study released today predicts that by 2040 less than 4% of Wisconsin lake might have walleye.

July 2014 - Minnesota muskie stocking disrupted by zebra mussels

The recent discovery of zebra mussels in a Becker County lake has forced the state Department of Natural Resources to make some changes in its muskie stocking program.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE

DNR Tagged Fish Reporting Program - Tagging and marking fish are important techniques fisheries biologists use to study individual aquatic animals or populations. This program requests that anglers provide the tag to the DNR which in turn allows researchers to obtain information necessary for research or management. Read about what the DNR provides in return to the angler: READ MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM


Spring Walleye Stripping at DNR Fisheries; Dunton Locks; Detroit Lakes, MN

May 2013 - Statewide conditions of boat launches vary due to late ice-out - Due to the late ice-out, repair crews may not able to get to all Department of Natural Resources (DNR) boat launches in time for the May 11 fishing opener, particularly in northern Minnesota where many of the large lakes still have ice.....   FULL STORY....

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Fisheries Surveys:  The next fish population assessment for Detroit Lake is planned for 2015.  This study will include spring electrofishing for black crappie and largemouth bass, spring muskie trapping, and mid-summer gill net, trap net, and shoreline sampling.
Fishing Report:  There were several reliable reports of excellent walleye fishing in Detroit received during the hottest part of last summer.  Anglers also reported catching large perch and muskies over 50 inches in length.
Request:  Anglers are asked to report incidental catches of lake sturgeon to the local area DNR Fisheries office at 218-846-8340.  This species was initially stocked in Detroit Lake in 1997 as part of the Red River watershed sturgeon restoration effort.  Lake sturgeons similar to the one pictured above and even larger were part of Detroit’s fishery in the past.
Other Information:  A wealth of information including lake reports for all managed Minnesota lakes is available at the DNR website  Click on the “Lakefinder” link and enter the lake name and county.

May 1, 2013 - Spottail shiners, a favorite early season bait for anglers on Lake Winnibigoshish and other lakes, could be in short supply this year as the result of a new minnow-harvesting ban starting next month.The ban also could have serious consequences for bait harvesters and bait dealers, who say few spottails arelikely to be harvested on Lake Winnibigoshish this year before the ban goes into effect on May 22. The spottailswon’t have moved into the shallows before that date, they say, and that’s the only place trappers can get to thehighly valued minnows - FULL STORY ==> Anglers and Bait Shops Concerned About Harvesting Ban