AMAs: easement (angling only), general use and restricted use
What a designation means
Designating a lake or stream as a trout fishery allows regulation of trout fishing seasons and methods and clears the way for restoration and habitat work to improve angler access and fish habitat. Anglers must purchase a trout stamp to fish these designated waters.
Designated trout lakes are lakes the DNR manages only for stream trout. Because stream trout don't reproduce in lakes, regular stocking is required to sustain these fisheries. Each year, the DNR stocks these waters with rainbow trout, splake, brook trout and brown trout. Fishing seasons and regulations are more restrictive in these lakes to better manage the fishery.
Designated trout streams have more stringent levels of permitting and regulatory programs that apply to those seeking water use appropriations and permits for work in a stream. And because a designated trout stream is a public water, all new designations are required by state law to have a buffer of perennial vegetation or approved alternative practices that protect water quality.
A list of designated trout lakes and streams is contained in state rules. A lake or stream that is on the official list also likely appears in this tool. Use the search box on the streams or lakes links above to find it and display additional information.