Minnesota anglers are gearing up for the warm weather stream trout season, with the opener approaching on Saturday, April 17. The Minnesota DNR says there are quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state and those wanting learn fly fishing skills are invited to a free webinar at noon on Wednesday, April 14.

The 'Intro To Fly Fishing' webinar is part of the new Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series from the Department of Natural Resources. You can click here for more information and to register for this webinar and more. 

The DNR points out that 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. You can click here to for more information and to secure the proper license online. 

“Minnesota has some excellent trout fishing and anglers help pay for trout habitat and access improvements with their fishing licenses and trout stamps,” said Benji Kohn, volunteer mentor program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “If you haven’t given trout fishing a try, it can be a relaxing, challenging and exciting way to fish. And you don’t need a boat to fish for trout.”

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Also available this year is the StreamFinder tool, which provides all anglers a description, species list, regulations and access information for trout streams throughout Minnesota.  There are also learning guides and fishing tips which are tailored to whichever fishing region you're in.  The StreamFinder tool is similar to the DNR’s  LakeFinder tool. You can click here to access it now.

Brook trout and splake fishing also open April 17 on Lake Superior and its tributary streams.

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