Trout Fishing On Paul’s Creek Begins April 15

1,500 rainbow trout from the Waterville Area Fishery will be released into Paul’s Creek for the April 15 Trout opener. The yearly event provides unique angling opportunity in southern Minnesota.

Mankato Times

SAINT PETER, MINN. — The tradition of trout fishing in the St. Peter area will continue as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources begins stocking operations for the April 15 stream trout opener. 

“Stocking trout in Paul’s Creek has been popular with local anglers for many years,” said Craig Soupir, DNR Waterville area fisheries supervisor. “It’s a great opportunity for a fishing experience that is unique to the area. It’s also a great way to introduce children to fishing.” 

On the eve of Minnesota’s stream trout opener, April 14, the DNR will stock 1,500 rainbow trout yearlings (about a half pound each) into the St. Peter trout ponds, also known as Paul’s Creek. Additional stocking will take place as follows:

  • Friday, April 21, Paul’s Creek – 1,500 rainbow trout yearlings
  • Friday, May 5, Paul’s Creek – 1,000 rainbow trout yearlings
  • Friday, May 19, Paul’s Creek – 1,000 rainbow trout yearlings

Saturday, April 15 marks the opening of stream trout season in 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. 

Additionally, some good angling opportunities exist at nearby Seven Mile Creek. Last year’s construction project on Highway 169 limited access for angling on Seven Mile Creek. September 2016 surveys found a number of brown trout stock that should be available for anglers in 2017. Also, the DNR will stock Seven Mile Creek with an additional 300 yearling brown trout on Friday, May 5. 

All anglers 16 years of age and over must possess a Minnesota angling license. Any angler 18 or older must also have a trout stamp validation.  Anglers 16-17 are exempt from the 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. 

Soupir said his office gets many calls each year about trout fishing on Paul’s Creek. “We know anglers anticipate this event every year. The DNR looks forward to continuing it for as long as we are able,” he said.  

More information is available on the Waterville Area Fisheries office and its coordination of the trout stocking. Information is also available on Minnesota fishing regulations.





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