In 1982, at the request of anglers, the DNR introduced the state's first trout and salmon stamp. This stamp is now necessary for anglers 18-64 years old who wish to fish in designated trout water or possess trout.
Funds raised through the sale of trout and salmon stamps go into an account that can be used only for trout stream and lake habitat development, restoration, maintenance, identifying easements or for rearing and stocking trout and salmon.
Since the first trout stamp, interest in trout fishing has grown steadily. DNR fisheries works with local angling groups, landowners and other government agencies to improve trout fishing. Without this operation, improvements to Minnesota's trout fishing resources would not have been possible.