One cool thing when the summer gets hot is to find and explore a trout lake in Minnesota.
You will find most of these cold, clean waters in the forests of the far northeast, but they exist in other regions of the state as well, including sister cities. They are ideal destinations for anyone who admires trout for their beauty, struggle and taste. An added bonus is that many trout lakes are located in one of the most scenic areas in the state.
There are two types of trout lakes. Lake trout lakes mainly contain lake trout. Brown trout lakes contain mainly Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Splake lakes. The Splake is a mixture of lake trout and brown trout. Minnesota has approximately 180 brown trout lakes. You can find their location, size, depth, stock dates, and other information by visiting the trout loch list on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website. You can be closer to you than you know ..
If you are looking to catch a lake trout, your best bet is to fish the waters of the far north, especially those near Canada. This is where the state’s naturally increased lake trout populations are most common. Trout in these 100+ lakes weigh an average of one to three pounds, although lake trout weighing over 25 pounds can be seen on DNR survey nets each year. Information on the lake trout lake can also be found on the MNDNR website.
Although Minnesota has 35 “historic” trout lakes that have never been stocked, the most likely you will catch hatching trout, as all brown trout lakes are regularly stocked. In fact, more than 600,000 catchable trout are stored each year. The majority are brown trout.
Part of the fun of trout fishing in lakes is finding and exploring these waters, as they make up only a small fraction of the state’s 5,400 fishing lakes. For trout fishing on the subway, visit Lake Cenaiko, a designated brook trout lake in the Twin Cities’ Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Other options include Courthouse Lake in Chaska and Quarry Lake in Shakopee. Children under 18 and adults 65 and over do not need a $ 10 trout and salmon stamp to fish for trout. Anglers fishing with a 24-hour or 72-hour license are also exempt.
Learn about Minnesota fishing and boating, and don’t forget to get your fishing license before your next fishing trip.
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CB Bylander is a longtime Minnesota angler with extensive angling experience throughout the state. He is a former field editor for outdoor magazines, outdoor editor for daily newspapers, and communications specialist for the Ministry of Natural Resources.