Portions of 48 streams with the cold, clear water needed to support trout populations will get stronger protection as newly designated trout streams, while portions of 41 other streams unable to support trout will no longer have the designation.
Once complete, 60 miles of shoreline will be added to Minnesota's trout streams; 195 miles will be removed.
Designation allows the DNR to regulate trout fishing seasons and methods and allows for work to improve angler access and fish habitat. Anglers must purchase a trout stamp to fish designated waters.
Designated trout streams also 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 would be required by state law to have a buffer of perennial vegetation or approved alternative practices that protect water quality.
The public comment period for this proposal closed on Nov. 8 .