Minnesota Sights and Views

Fish for trout all year long!

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says one of several fishing regulations that will go into effect this March will mean anglers can fish for trout all-year long in some southeastern Minnesota cities.

Brown Trout

Anglers can either catch and release – or catch and keep trout – depending on the time of year. The new regulation will allow fishing in the fall, which is when the trout season is traditionally closed. Areas in southeastern Minnesota include the South Branch Root River in Preston and Lanesboro, Mill Creek in Chatfield, and Spring Valley Creek in Spring Valley.

The change is among several to fishing regulations that are specific to individual waters and go into effect March 1. Following public review that wrapped up this past fall, fishing regulations will change on these three streams starting March 1.

Regulations that are specific to individual waters take precedence over statewide regulations. Special regulations can be found in their own section of the Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet, on the Fish Minnesota page using LakeFinder, and posted at public accesses.


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