Trout, trout, pretty little trout: Stocking time on the Vermillion River {video}

(Photos by Rob Drieslein)

Farmington, Minn. — Crews from the Minnesota DNR’s East Metro Fisheries office stocked 3,000 11- to 12-inch rainbow trout into several runs of Dakota County’s Vermillion River this morning, Friday, April 7.

East Metro Fisheries Manager T.J. DeBates led a three-person team that rendezvoused with a stocking truck from the Lanesboro state DNR hatchery at Rambling River Park in Farmington. There, they transferred feisty rainbows into smaller truck tanks and transported them to several stocking sites on the popular metro-area trout stream.

According to the DNR, Minnesota has roughly 3,800 miles of designated trout streams that will open to anglers with a license and a trout validation or stamp on Saturday, April 15. In 2016, 108,000 licenses were validated for trout, a third consecutive year of record sales.

Trout fishing regulations on the Vermillion River changed in 2016 and now allow for more opportunity to harvest stocked rainbow trout. The regs provide additional protection for the naturally-reproducing population of brown trout. The stream has a fine reputation for healthy-sized brown trout, and the DNR says browns exceeding 5 pounds have been reported from the waterway. The agency stocks rainbow (arguably the most stocked species on Earth) annually to provide additional fishing opportunities.

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