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Outdoors: DNR officials plan to stock Clearwater, Battle rivers with trout on May 8

BEMIDJI — The trout fishing season in Minnesota streams opened in April but the delayed spring forced Bemidji Area DNR Fisheries officials to postpone stocking two of the area trout waters.

Conditions in the area streams and rivers have improved and the revised plan is to stock the Clearwater River near Pinewood and the Battle River near Kelliher on May 8 with yearling trout that were raised in the Lanesboro hatchery in southeastern Minnesota.

The Clearwater River will receive is yearly allotment of 2,000 rainbow trout and 1,100 brown trout while the Battle River will receive 600 rainbows.

Last week Sucker Brook near Itasca State Park received 300 brook trout.

The Clearwater River and the Battle River are put-and-take trout waters although during some years there may be limited carryover.

Sucker Brook contains both stocked and naturally-reproducing brook trout and anglers can expect to catch fish up to 12 inches.

Trout fishermen in the Bemidji area also may consider heading to three other naturally reproducing brook trout streams in northern Hubbard County — the Necktie River, Bungashing Creek and the Kabekona River.

Fishermen can expect to find brook trout that measure up to 12 inches in all three rivers.

For more information on the Bemidji area trout streams or for access maps, contact the Bemidji Area DNR Fisheries officials at 218-308-2339.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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