Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Brainerd Area Fisheries

About Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Brainerd Area Fisheries

Anglers who fish in Crow Wing and Lower Cass county areas benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Brainerd area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Marc Bacigalupi and a staff of five full-time emplLicense Dollars At Workoyees manage 317 fishing lakes and 100 miles of rivers and streams. Popular fishing destinations managed include the Gull and Whitefish chain of lakes, Pelican Lake and North Long Lake. Brainerd area staff also stock trout in the former mine pits at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and assist with ongoing fisheries research on Mille Lacs Lake.

At work for you
- Striving to maintain the Brainerd Lakes area's prominence as a premier fishing destination by managing lakes like Gull, Whitefish Chain, Pelican and North Long.
- A critical walleye production station that collects 90 million walleye eggs annually from the Pine River walleye trap, and hatching 45
million walleye fry annually at the Brainerd Hatchery for area and statewide stocking.
- Stocking 50 million walleye fry and 400,000 walleye fingerings biennially, in 54 lakes covering 93,000 acres.
- Providing a popular trout fishery in the former mine pits of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.
- Maintaining 48 Aquatic Management Areas to protect, restore or improve watershed health and their lakes, rivers and streams while
providing public recreational access.
- Partnering with local organizations to provide area youth fishing programs and outdoor education.


IBI Intern

April 2019 - August 2019 Brainerd, MN
“I was outdoors every single day working in all conditions during the summer season. Most every day I was seining or electrofishing but always doing hands on work. The pay was very well for an internship. I also had the chance to make a lot of connections within the DNR and also to get valuable experience within the field. ”
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