As they have been for many years, St. Peter Trout Ponds will be stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout yearlings on the eve of the stream trout fishing opener Saturday, April 14.
But the dates of the subsequent three stockings will not be released to the public as they have been in previous seasons.
The ponds, also known as Paul’s Creek, along Ottawa Road, will be stocked again at random dates/times the weeks of April 16-20, April 30-May 4 and May 14-18.
“Other than the stocking date before trout opener, we will not be disclosing specific dates or times of stocking this year,” said Craig Soupir, Waterville Area Fisheries Supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “This is to prevent large crowds, the same people blocking off shorelines from others, and more evenly distribute harvest of fish to all anglers. Thus, stockings may happen any day/time within the weeks listed previously.”
In addition, 7,500 brown trout fingerlings will be stocked in 7-Mile Creek along State Highway 169 between St. Peter and Mankato.
April 14, marks the opening of stream trout season across Minnesota, except for eight counties in the southeastern Minnesota. Stream trout are defined as splake, brook, brown and rainbow trout. Anglers are limited to five fish of combined species, with only one trout that may be more than 16 inches long.
All anglers 16 years of age and over must possess a Minnesota angling license and trout stamp validation. Fishing hours for stream trout on inland waters are from one hour before sunrise until 11 p.m. each day. All stream trout must have head, tail, fins and skin intact when being transported.
For more information on Minnesota fishing and regulations, visitwww.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/fishing/index.html.
Any questions should be directed to the Waterville Area Fisheries Office, 50317 Fish Hatchery Road; Waterville, MN 56096-0086. Email at [email protected] or call (507) 362-4223.