Open houses on southeastern Minnesota trout streams scheduled

The Minnesota DNR will hold six open houses in March and April
to update the public on accomplishments and goals for management of
trout streams in southeastern Minnesota.

Fed by the cold water of natural springs, the valleys of
southeastern Minnesota are an angler’s paradise, with more than 700
miles of trout streams. Ecologically sensitive, and popular with
anglers from around the upper midwest, these streams require
special attention to assure that they remain healthy and

The DNR in 2003 worked with anglers and other interests to
develop a 12-year strategic plan and a 6-year management plan to
maintain the recreational and biological values of these coldwater
resources. Now, at the midpoint of that 12-year period, the DNR is
reporting on its progress and fine-tuning plans for the next six

The DNR’s 2004-2009 management plan for southeast trout streams
included four major goals related to angling opportunities, habitat
improvement, research and monitoring, and public information.

Accomplishments for this period include:

Added 20.26 miles of angling easements on 20 streams.

Reintroduced native brook trout in 17 streams.

Implemented tiered trout fishing regulations to increase angling

Assessed fish populations in 68 streams.

Published 68-page booklet highlighting angling

Intensified long-term monitoring program to better evaluate
factors influencing annual variability of trout populations.

While retaining the four major goals of the earlier plan, DNR
fisheries staff has identified a number of opportunities for
further improvements in their management of southeast Minnesota’s
unique coldwater resources for the next few years, including:

Increase angling opportunities.

Accelerate acquisition of angling easements.

Explore simplification of angling regulations.

Secure new funding for habitat improvement.

Enhance research and monitoring efforts.

Augment information on DNR Web site.

Public information meetings on recent accomplishments and
proposed plans will be held from 7 -9 p.m., with formal
presentations at 7:45 p.m., on:

•Tuesday, March 16, at the DNR Central Office cafeteria, 500
Lafayette Road, St. Paul

•Tuesday, March 23, at the University Rochester/Heinz Center,
851 30th Ave SE, Room HA 102, Rochester

•Thursday March 25, at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning
Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro

•Monday, March 29, at the Frontenac Sportsman’s Community
Center, Co. Rd. 2 and Territorial Road, Frontenac

• Monday, April 5, at Elks Lodge 327, 4540 Service Drive,

• Thursday, April 15, at the Four Seasons Community Center, 900
N. Kingston St., Caledonia.

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