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Drop a line in Quarry Lake
Anglers are invited to drop a line into the frozen Quarry Lake for the winter trout fishing season opener Jan. 13, 2018.
The city has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to propose designation of Quarry Lake as a trout lake. Quarry Lake is located in Quarry Lake Park, 6201 Innovation Blvd.
This is the second year the DNR has stocked Quarry Lake with trout. In fall 2016, the DNR stocked the lake with 15,000 rainbow trout. Earlier this fall, the DNR brought in another 2,000 rainbow trout yearlings averaging 0.62 pounds.
The lake also has approximately 1,500 brook trout, which were stocked last May.
"Quarry Lake supports trout year-round because of the low fertility, high average depth and maximum depth of about 40 feet," said Daryl Ellison of the DNR. "These factors maintain cool water temperatures in summer at deeper depths with high oxygen to support trout."
Winter trout-in-lake season runs Jan. 13 through April 1. Anglers need a special trout stamp with their fishing license to fish designated trout streams and trout lakes. The stamp can be purchased at a DNR license center, online or by phone.
When fishing at Quarry Lake, please note no motorized vehicles are allowed on the lake or trails. Anglers must enter the lake on foot from the designated trail in the park's northwest parking lot. Parking is allowed only in the parking lot or on Innovation Boulevard.
Because the lake is spring-fed, the ice may not be consistent. Therefore, anglers should check for ice safety as they proceed onto the lake.