Trout

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Brook trout like cool water.

Trees that overhang their rivers and streams provide shade and cool the water.  Without them, the water can get warm enough to harm or even kill the fish.

So "river maintenance" for groups like Gitche Gumee Trout Unlimited is more than just cleaning up litter; it means replanting native trees on riverbanks where they might have been cut back decades ago.

River Dam
Ken Lund

Spring is in the air...and in the water!! 

This week on The Sea Grant Files, host Jesse Schomberg and guest Emma Burgeson discuss temperature changes, species migration, and the Knife River watershed. 

MN Sea Grant

Rudy Senarighi's love of fishing can be traced back to two incidents.

His first fishing trip, when, intimidated by the size of Big Lake, he was afraid to go out in the boat.  His father and their fishing companion lifted the boat and placed it on the dock, where the threesome happily fished the day away.

The second came when, as a boy, the excitement of chasing a local black bear (to catch him and put him in the circus) wore off and his friend said, "Let's go trout fishing instead."

And Rudy, as he says, was hooked.