A: On trout: One of our goals is to provide different recreational opportunities for our citizens. We have constituents that want an opportunity to catch trout in southwest Minnesota and since trout fishing would be non-existent without stocking due to habitat degradation, stocking is implemented. There are streams in southwest and southern Minnesota that have cool enough water to support a trout fishery and those are stocked to provide trout anglers that unique recreational opportunity. Since stream habitat has been degraded in southwest Minnesota, we typically do not have natural reproduction so we don’t have to worry about a hatchery strain trout breeding with a natural trout population.
Response by Brian Schultz, DNR Southern Region Assistant Fisheries Manager
Response by Nicole Davros, DNR Farmland Wildlife Research Supervisor