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Life of Riley  
#1 Posted : Saturday, February 1, 2020 7:18:43 AM(UTC)
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I was reading a MN trout book today and it mentioned sometime around the mid to late 90s there was an intentional trout kill on Hay creek. I was wondering if anyone had any information or remembrance of this situation and what the final result was? The book is about SE MN trout streams and is authored by John Van Vliet.
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#2 Posted : Saturday, February 1, 2020 10:15:59 AM(UTC)
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I was reading a MN trout book today and it mentioned sometime around the mid to late 90s there was an intentional trout kill on Hay creek. I was wondering if anyone had any information or remembrance of this situation and what the final result was? The book is about SE MN trout streams and is authored by John Van Vliet.


I don’t think it was intentional??? Regardless, I can tell you that Hay Creek certainly doesn’t lack fish.
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#3 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2020 5:11:54 PM(UTC)
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Life of Riley  
#4 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2020 10:55:44 PM(UTC)
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Thanks, I never would have found that if you wouldn't have shared!
Hoggies  
#5 Posted : Monday, February 3, 2020 2:32:40 AM(UTC)
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I couldn't find the Star Tribune article online. 2800 fish in 2 miles is gnarly.
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#6 Posted : Monday, February 3, 2020 4:11:57 PM(UTC)
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I was around when this happened. The belief was that the stream was bleached, as in there was an intentional fish kill - chemicals were put in the stream by someone intentionally to kill trout.
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#7 Posted : Monday, February 3, 2020 5:00:21 PM(UTC)
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There have always been some locals in SW MN who have resented DNR management of the trout streams down there. That has extended to resenting trout fishermen to some degree as well - particularly fly anglers.

A lot of it is rooted in Minnesota's stream access and water rights laws that make a pretty strong presumption of public ownership of surface water, regardless of who owns the land around it. A few years back there was a guy down there who was livid with the DNR for not stocking 'his' stretch of stream - but at the same time he refused to grant easement access to the stream on his property. The DNR more or less told him to get bent.

Public use/access vs riparian landowner rights is the elephant in the room in MN outdoor politics right now, and if anglers and hunters value their access rights, they better start paying attention to it...
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