An updated version of Minnesota’s Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan, more than a year in the making, is now out for public review and comment, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today. The revised version of the plan, which is updated every 10 years by the DNR, highlights the recovery of Lake Superior’s lake trout population and recommends an end to lake trout stocking because natural populations are doing well, DNR officials say.
The plan, if approved after a public comment period, would also:
- expand the zone where steelhead (migratory rainbow trout) are maintained solely through natural reproduction
- reconfigure Kamloops rainbow trout stocking methods to employ direct stocking upstream in the Lester River.
- expand commercial lake trout fishing opportunities on Lake Superior
The plan will cover the years 2016 to 2025. Three public open houses to gather input and answer questions are scheduled for:
- April 19, 6-8 p.m., Cook County Community Center, 317 5th Ave. W., Grand Marais.
- April 20, 6-8 p.m., Lake Superior College, 2101 Trinity Road, Duluth.
- April 21, 6-8 p.m., DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.
Comments can be submitted until May 8 at www.mndnr.gov/lakesuperior or by contacting Cory Goldsworthy, DNR Lake Superior fisheries supervisor, at (218) 302-3268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DNR developed the plan with extensive input from a 26-member Lake Superior Citizens Advisory Group. The group included representatives from interested groups, commercial harvesters, tribal and watershed interests, and others. The process began with a public conference in December 2014, and was followed by a series of seven advisory group meetings.