Anglers who fish in McLeod, Meeker, Sibley, Nicollet, Brown, Redwood, Renville and western Wright county areas benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Hutchinson area fisheries staff.
Area Fisheries Supervisor Scott Mackenthun and a staff of three full-time and one part-time employee manage 94 fishing lakes and 38 rivers and streams, including popular fishing destinations such as Minnie-Belle Lake, Belle Lake, Washington Lake and much of the middle Minnesota River. These lakes offer fantastic walleye and bass fishing, great panfish action and the Minnesota River remains a fantastic angling resource for a variety of fish species.
A Hutchinson area fisheries crew checks a trap net.
Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed on Weekends and State Holidays
Use the DNR office locator
...to the lakes and streams within the Hutchinson Fisheries Management Area. The management area includes over 550 water bodies found in Brown, McLeod, Meeker, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville, and Sibley counties. Those managed for fishing include over 50 lakes, 8 kids fishing ponds, 5 trout streams, and 5 major rivers including the Minnesota River.
The remaining water bodies consist of small streams and ditches, wetlands, shallow waterfowl lakes, and natural ponds used for walleye production. In addition to water bodies, Hutchinson Area Fisheries manages parcels of land as Aquatic Management Areas (AMA) to protect fish habitat and promote angling access. Our clientele include sporting clubs, lake associations, and thousands of anglers that fish in the management area annually.
Surveys of fish populations and aquatic habitats are carried out periodically on each managed lake or stream. The information collected is used to monitor fish populations, evaluate management activities, and to develop new management plans. These reports contain information on fish populations such as abundance, sizes, age, and growth rates. Along with fish information, the reports include information on water chemistry, shoreline and watershed characteristics, aquatic vegetation and much more.
|Scott Mackenthun||Area supervisor||320-234-2550, Ext. email@example.com|
|Gene Jeseritz||Assistant area supervisor||320-234-2550, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chris Foster||Fisheries specialist||320-234-2550, Ext. email@example.com|
|Hanna Anema||Fisheries technician||320-234-2550, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tim Cross||Fisheries research scientist||320-234-2550, Ext. email@example.com|
|Hannah Brown||Habitat technician||320-234-2550, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tony Sindt||Minnesota river specialist||320-234-2550, Ext. email@example.com|
|Eric Katzenmeyer||Minnesota river specialist||320-234-2550, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Michael Wolf||Minnesota river specialist||320-234-2550, Ext. email@example.com|
|Sacia Matheson||Office administrative specialist||320-234-2550, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|