(Released July 29, 2011)
A public information meeting on the status of Fish Lake Reservoir north of Duluth will take place Aug. 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The meeting will be at the Environmental Protection Agency office, 6201 Congdon Blvd., one block past the Lester River on Highway 61.
The 2010 fish population assessment will be presented along with information regarding other potential factors that might impact fish populations, including historical water levels, nutrient loading, aquatic vegetation and growing season conditions.
Over the past 10-20 years, changes appear to be taking place in fish populations in the Fish Lake Reservoir. The DNR will present several ideas on the relationship between fish populations and habitat quality in the Fish Lake Reservoir, including plans over the next 18 months to better understand these relationships and potential future management actions.
The DNR is committed to looking comprehensively at trends impacting fish habitat and fish populations for northeastern lakes, including the Fish Lake Reservoir. Understanding these trends and identifying stakeholder goals and objectives for lakes are both necessary for choosing realistic and feasible management options, according to the DNR.
The DNR is also looking for volunteers to serve on a committee that will meet several times over the next 15 months to provide input on future goals and objectives for fish populations in the Fish Lake Reservoir. People interested in serving on the committee, but who are unable to attend the meeting, should contact Deserae Hendrickson, Duluth area fisheries, 218-525-0853, ext. 201.