The Vermillion River, its tributaries, and watershed lakes and ponds provide fishing opportunities including; northern pike, sunfish, walleye, and trout, as well as other less notable game fish and rough fish species.
Most notable of the game fish species is the River’s self-sustaining brown trout population. While brown trout have been found throughout much of the watershed, some portions of the river and its tributaries are known to have more brown trout than others or conditions favorable to brown trout. The DNR has designated portions of the Vermillion River as trout stream. The trout stream portions of the river and tributaries generally start above Cedar Ave. at Highview Ave. and end just a little downstream of the Hwy 52 bridge.
Trout fishing regulations on the Vermillion River changed in 2016 allowing a greater opportunity to harvest stocked rainbow trout while further protecting the naturally-reproducing population of brown trout. The DNR is the official authority on fishing regulations and should be consulted directly. See the Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources maintains a trout angling opportunities map.