Minnesota DNR Lake Surveys


This activity is often overlooked, taken for granted, and hardly reported. Yet the outcomes of these surveys impact the fishing industry and tourism throughout the Great Lakes region.

Dr. Derek H. Ogle

The St. Paul Pioneer Press recently ran an article about the use of lake surveys for management purposes in Minnesota.  The short article gives some insight into the importance of such common place efforts.  There is also a nice slide show from a lake survey on a St. Paul metro lake. The article is here.

Fisheries specialists Leah Weyandt and Jim Levitt of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources handle a live northern pike caught in a research gilll net during a survey of Bald Eagle Lake in Ramsey County Thursday, July 10, 2014. The state has some 5,500 waters with fishable populations of predators; about 4,500 have been surveyed. Many of those lakes have reliable data dating back to the 1970s. (Pioneer Press: Dave Orrick) Fisheries specialists Leah Weyandt and Jim Levitt of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources handle a live northern pike caught in a research gilll net during a survey of Bald Eagle Lake in Ramsey County Thursday, July 10, 2014.

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