Fisheries habitat on agenda at annual 'roundtable'

  • Updated: January 8, 2014 - 12:01 AM

For Don Pereira, the key to maintaining Minnesota’s fishing quality is habitat.

“The reason why fishing is so good in Minnesota is because we have a large, diverse suite of robust native fisheries, and those come from healthy habitat,’’ said Pereira, a 30-year fisheries research and management veteran who was recently named Department of Natural Resources fisheries chief.

Restoring and protecting fish habitats will be a major goal, said Pereira, 55, of Cottage Grove. Pereira will be among the speakers at the DNR’s annual roundtable meetings Friday and Saturday in Bloomington.

The annual two-day invitation-only event will be attended by about 300 citizens and 100 DNR employees.

The agency’s wildlife, fisheries and ecological and water resources leaders will hold sessions with citizens. Topics range from deer and moose management to updates on the Lake Mille Lacs and Upper Red Lake fisheries to issues involving invasive species and clean water.

Pereira, who had been the DNR’s fisheries research and policy manager since 2007, oversees a $30 million fisheries budget and a staff of nearly 300. He plans to tell those at the roundtable the importance of diversity in fishing and fisheries management.

“We have 4,200 lakes that we manage for sport fishing, and thousands of miles of streams; there’s plenty of room for specialized management while also providing the opportunity for people to harvest fish,” he said. “Let’s not pass judgment on another person because they fish differently than we do.’’

Pereira said the state’s fishery is in excellent shape. “Obviously we have some problems,’’ he said, citing Lake Mille Lacs as one example. But he said he’s a glass-half-full person.

“We’re seeing some fantastic fish productions in some systems. Red Lake is over the top. At Leech Lake, we think there are too many fish in the lake. Lake of the Woods harvest is off the charts.

“The muskie guys will say they are too crowded, but compared to 20 years ago, there’s far more bigger muskies in the state. The sturgeon recovery has been a huge success. Trout fishing in southeast Minnesota hasn’t been this good in a long time. Lake trout in Lake Superior is close to being fully restored.’’

Many questions remain. A statewide survey revealed that 40 percent of trout anglers fish trout on lakes in northern Minnesota.

“We didn’t anticipate that. We’re doing a follow-up survey to learn who those customers are and what drives them to the northern trout lakes,’’ Pereira said.


  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Los Angeles - LP: P. Maholm 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 12
San Francisco - WP: G. Kontos 9 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: J. Manship 6
Texas - LP: N. Tepesch 1 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: J. Francis 2
Boston - LP: J. Peavy 3 FINAL
Toronto - WP: J. Happ 7
Miami - WP: J. Turner 6 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 5
San Diego - LP: E. Stults 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 6
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: F. Rodriguez 4
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 8 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: Y. Pino 2
Kansas City - WP: B. Chen 7 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: S. Carroll 1
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 2
Washington - WP: C. Stammen 7 FINAL
Colorado - LP: B. Brown 4
Detroit - LP: P. Coke 4 FINAL
Arizona - WP: E. De La Rosa 5
Houston - WP: D. Downs 3 FINAL
Oakland - LP: F. Abad 2
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 4 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: M. Morin 2
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 3 FINAL
Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez 1
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Tulsa 93 FINAL
San Antonio 95
Atlanta 108 FINAL
Minnesota 112
Indiana 57 FINAL
Chicago 60
Phoenix 89 FINAL
Seattle 71





question of the day

Poll: Which uniform will Kevin Love wear next season?

Weekly Question


Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters