Students help stock brown trout at Camden State Park


Camden State Park, MN (KELO) — Students in southwest Minnesota are getting a hands-on learning experience at Camden State Park.

High schoolers from Southwest Minnesota Christian are helping stock 2,500 Brown Trout into the Redwood River in Camden State Park.

It’s part of a class called stream ecology.

“We came here last fall, we did some measurements and different things for stream ecology class at southwest and DNR asked us to come back this spring and stock trout,” senior Ethan Vogel said.

“We had the fishery guy take them out of the truck and then we had someone grab the net from him and pass it down to the next one and then about a three person line and then they put it right into the river,” senior Megan Gunnink said.

The Minnesota fishing opener starts this weekend, which is one of the reasons they’re stocking the river with trout.

“This stream here is not a naturally reproducing stream, it’s more to create a unique opportunity for southwest Minnesota anglers to really create a put and take type fishery,” Fisheries Area Supervisor, Ryan Doorenbos said.

Plus the Redwood River has cooler water.

“Provides us an opportunity to put these trout in there and they survive longer than they would if we put them in some prairie warm water stream,” Doorenbos said.

An experience these students are glad to have.

“I would do it again, it was really cool and really fun and it’s definitely eyeopening,” Gunnick said.

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