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April 19, 2011

MADISON - Catchable size trout are being delivered to dozens of waters before the May 7 opening day of the regular inland season to provide trout fishing where it wouldn't otherwise exist.

The trout are stocked in waters where the habitat is marginal and there is no natural reproduction. They are a small subset of the state's overall trout treasury -- more than 10,000 miles of classified trout water and trout populations that have generally increased statewide over the last 60 years.

"We'll hope to complete most of the put'n take stocking by the opener or shortly thereafter, depending on conditions," says David Giehtbrock, statewide fish production manager. If the lake is frozen, they'll need to wait.

The fish were raised at Lakewood State Fish Hatchery, Nevin State Fish Hatchery, Osceola State Fish Hatchery and St. Croix Falls State Fish Hatchery. Additional fish were raised and stocked through cooperative rearing agreements with fishing clubs, and about 70,000 fish were stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes and ponds cooperatively managed with the local municipality and used as a place for fishing clinics and kids fishing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Giehtbrock (608) 266-8229

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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