Minnesota’s popular warm weather, stream trout season opens Saturday, April 16, with quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state. Brook trout and splake fishing also open April 16 on Lake Superior and its tributary streams.
Trout anglers can find information on Minnesota’s trout streams and lakes on DNR’s website (mndnr.gov/Fishing/Trout). Modeled after the DNR’s popular LakeFinder tool, StreamFinder (mndnr.gov/Fishing/Trout/Map.html) provides anglers with a description, species list, regulations and access information for trout streams throughout Minnesota. Anglers also will find helpful learning guides and fishing tips tailored to each of Minnesota’s six trout fishing regions.
Minnesota has roughly 3,800 miles of designated trout streams. Anglers fishing on designated trout waters must have a trout stamp validation in addition to an angling license. Complete trout season details are available at the DNR’s fishing webpage (mndnr.gov/Fishing). Read Vermillion-specific regulations at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/eastmetro/troutstreams/vermillion.html.
The DNR plans to stock the Vermillion River with 10,000 rainbow trout over April and May, in addition to the self-sustained brown trout population. Fishers may keep the rainbow trout they catch, while brown trout are catch and release only.