Catchable size trout are being delivered to dozens of waters
before the May 7 opening day of the regular inland season to
provide trout fishing where it wouldn’t otherwise exist.
The trout are stocked in waters where the habitat is marginal
and there is no natural reproduction. They are a small subset of
the state’s overall trout treasury — more than 10,000 miles of
classified trout water and trout populations that have generally
increased statewide over the last 60 years.
“We’ll hope to complete most of the put’n take stocking by the
opener or shortly thereafter, depending on conditions,” says David
Giehtbrock, statewide fish production manager. If the lake is
frozen, they’ll need to wait.
The fish were raised at Lakewood State Fish Hatchery, Nevin
State Fish Hatchery, Osceola State Fish Hatchery and St. Croix
Falls State Fish Hatchery. Additional fish were raised and stocked
through cooperative rearing agreements with fishing clubs, and
about 70,000 fish were stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes
and ponds cooperatively managed with the local municipality and
used as a place for fishing clinics and kids fishing.