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New Map Books Highlight Minnesota Trout Fishing Opportunities

April 05, 2007

Finding opportunities to fish trout will be easier than ever this year, thanks to two new map books produced by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The books highlight trout streams, lakes and public fishing opportunities in the northeastern and southeastern areas of the state. The northeast map book is new. The southeast book has been updated from a 2005 edition.

“These books make it easy to navigate Minnesota's incredible public trout fishing resource,” said Ron Payer, DNR chief of the Fisheries Section. “The southeast map book was so popular with anglers that we decided to print a companion book that highlights opportunities in the northeast.”

Map books are available by calling toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367) and will soon be available online at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Trout anglers will probably find good fishing conditions on smaller streams that are less affected by spring runoff on Saturday, April 14, when streams open for harvest of trout, said Mark Ebbers, DNR trout and salmon program consultant. Anglers in the southeast have reported good action during the two-week catch and release season that began April 1.

Whitewater River stream conditions are available online on the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us. Conditions are updated as they change and reflect only the Whitewater River system.

Before fishing, anglers are encouraged to check the 2007 Fishing Regulations for streams with special regulations. Anglers need a trout stamp validation on their fishing or sports license when fishing designated trout streams, designated trout lakes, Lake Superior, and when in possession of trout or salmon. Children under 16, adults 65 and older, people fishing with a 24-hour license and those exempt from fishing license requirement don't need a trout stamp.

“Purchasing trout stamps is an investment in Minnesota's cold water fisheries,” Ebbers said. “Funds raised through the program go directly to benefit trout habitat.” Last year's trout stamps sales were 88,800, down from 96,000 to 98,000 sold at the beginning of the decade.

For more information about trout streams in Minnesota, click on the DNR's Web site www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Trout stamps are available through the Electronic License System for $10 at 1,800 vendors statewide. Anglers can also purchase a license and trout stamp over the telephone by calling 1-888-MNLicense (665-4236).

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