Courthouse Lake trout opener

Upward of 400 anglers are expected to show up to the fishing opener this weekend at Courthouse Lake in Chaska similar to last year’s turnout.

Courthouse Lake is stocked with trout for the weekend -- 1,300 of them to be exact.

It’s the annual winter opener for trout fishing in Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 18, and officials expect it to be busy as usual. Some 400 anglers are expected to arrive.

The designated trout lake, which sits just west of the Carver County Courthouse, is a “put-and-take” fishery, the Minnesota DNR said.

Rainbow and brown trout are stocked three times per year at Courthouse Lake: For the winter opener, once before the summer open-water season, and again in the fall.

The DNR said larger trout -- about 100 rainbow and 175 brown -- will be at the lake this weekend, too.

DESIGNATED TROUT LAKE?

“That means you can fish one line and no live bait, and you can’t fish at any other time other than trout season,” Mario Travaline with the DNR said.

The opener, he said, creates an opportunity to fish for a species not typically found in the area.

“There aren’t trout lakes in what one might call a natural sense around here,” Travaline said.

“There are waters in Minnesota that have trout and their relatives that do have self-sustaining populations. Seasons are set up to protect their spawning but for us down here, it kind of coincides with how their spawn hatched,” he added.

WHEN CAN I FISH?

On Saturday, anglers can cut their ice holes and hope for the best beginning 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. That’s from 7:16 a.m. to 5:31 p.m.

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Dan Huss covers Eden Prairie sports and especially loves reporting on sports features and outdoors-related adventures. He lives in Shorewood with his wife, Marnie, daughters Aili and Britt, and Wilma, a pheasant-finding Deutsch Drahthaar.

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