DNR To Survey Lakes in the Grand Marais Area

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Olga LakeThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be surveying several lakes and streams in the Grand Marais area (Cook County) during the next few months. Survey results are used to evaluate fisheries management efforts and to determine whether additional efforts are needed. Results are also used to update individual lake management plans.

Preliminary results of these surveys will be available shortly after fieldwork has been completed, but final reports will not be available until next spring and may not appear on the DNR’s Web site until next summer.

The tentative schedule for fieldwork on these surveys, by the Monday of each week is:

  • June 2 – Talus Lake, Missing Link Lake
  • June 9 – Gogebic Lake, Pine (Trestle-Pine) Lake
  • June 16 – Olga Lake, night electrofishing on Northern Light and Trout lakes
  • June 23 – Round Lake, Bigsby Lake
  • June 30 – Hungry Jack Lake, East Pope Lake
  • July 7 – Flour Lake, Aspen Lake
  • July 14 – Caribou Lake (Lutsen), Poplar Lake (walleye reproduction check)
  • July 21 – Devil Track Lake (walleye reproduction check), Northern Light Lake
  • July 28 – Trout Lake, Musquash Lake
  • Aug. 4 – Saganaga Lake, Carlson Creek, Flute Reed River
  • Aug. 11 – Saganaga Lake, Kimball Creek, Kadunce Creek, Junco Creek
  • Aug.18 – Saganaga Lake, Devil Track River, Temperance River, Onion Creek, Poplar River
  • Aug. 25 – Saganaga Lake, West Bearskin Lake
  • Sept. 1 – Devilfish Lake, Two Island Lake
  • Sept. 8 – Mountain Lake
  • Oct. 20 – Olson Lake, Bath Lake, Pancore Lake.

Survey plans are tentative – lakes may be added or dropped, and timing may change. For more information contact DNR Fisheries, 1356 Hwy 61 E, Grand Marais, MN 55604, (218) 387-3056; or management plans for many of these lakes will be reviewed and revised over the next year or two.

Public comments and suggestions for future management of these lakes are welcome at any time at the Grand Marais Fisheries office. All current lake and stream management plans are also available for review at the fisheries office.