New trout fishing regulations that took effect July 14th expand opportunities for anglers and simplify regulations in southeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
The regulations extend catch-and-release seasons in eight southeastern Minnesota counties and seven trout streams in Minnesota state parks. Barbless hooks are no longer required. And beginning Jan. 1, 2015, southeast Minnesota streams are open in winter to catch-and-release trout fishing.
Southeastern Minnesota counties included in the regulations are Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona. If anglers plan to fish for trout, they need to check to see if there are any special regulations, including slot limits and required use of artificial lures and flies, for the stream where they plan to fish.
In state parks, the regulations include the following waters: East Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek Valley State Park; Forestville Creek, Canfield Creek and South Branch Root River in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, in addition to Trout Run reek and Middle Branch Whitewater River in Whitewater State Park.