Rainbow and brown trout fishing opportunities are being provided in waters across five counties in southwestern Minnesota as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) begins stocking operations for the April 12 stream trout opener.

Rainbow and brown trout fishing opportunities are being provided in waters across five counties in southwestern Minnesota as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) begins stocking operations for the April 12 stream trout opener.

 

 

 

On Thursday, April 10, the DNR will stock the following creeks:

 

 

 

Fort Ridgely Creek (Renville County) – 300 yearling rainbow trout and 300 two-year-old brown trout

 

Ramsey Creek (Redwood County) – 300 yearling rainbow trout and 300 two-year-old brown trout

 

Redwood River (Lyon County) – 2,500 two-year-old brown trout

 

Scheldorf Creek (Cottonwood County) – 450 two-year-old brown trout

 

Spring Creek (Brown County) – 300 yearling rainbow trout and 300 two-year-old brown trout

 

 

 

Saturday, April 12, marks the opening of stream trout season in Minnesota. Stream trout are defined as splake, brook, brown and rainbow trout. Anglers are limited to five fish of combined species, with only one trout that may be more than 16 inches long.

 

 

 

All anglers 16 years of age and over must possess a Minnesota angling license and trout stamp validation. Fishing hours for stream trout on inland waters are from one hour before sunrise until 11 p.m. each day. All stream trout must have head, tail, fins and skin intact when being transported.

 

 

 

“Stocking these creeks has become a spring tradition since natural reproduction is limited,” according to Lee Sundmark, DNR area fisheries supervisor. “It offers some exciting opportunities for area anglers and is a project we hope to be able to continue into the future.”