Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DNR proposes minor changes to Vermillion River trout regulations

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed changes to regulations for trout on the Vermillion River in Dakota County. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Vermillion Highlands Wildlife Management Area office, 15325 Babcock Ave., Rosemount.


The DNR is proposing to allow harvest of rainbow trout anywhere on the Vermillion according to regular statewide regulations. All brown trout will need to be immediately released. Currently, both rainbow trout and brown trout can be kept if caught within the city of Farmington. The Vermillion's rainbow trout are stocked annually, while brown trout reproduce there naturally. 


The proposal under consideration also would extend the trout season on the Vermillion River to make it the same as the season on trout streams in southeastern Minnesota, which runs from the Saturday closest to April 15 through Sept. 14, with a catch-and-release season from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.


DNR staff also will be available to discuss and take comments on this proposal at an open house covering all fishing regulations under review around the state on Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.


Public input on the proposed change will help DNR fisheries staff determine whether the regulations should be adopted. People unable to attend the public input meeting may submit written comments to the DNR east metro area fisheries office, 1200 Warner Road, St. Paul, MN 55106; or by email to Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 20.

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