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I will be in Austin this weekend. Any suggestions for trout fishing around there or presentations? I've never fished for trout in the winter and it might be a nice alternative to ice fishing.

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There isn't much for trout angling in Austin. Forrestville State Park (of which you would need a park permit) would be your closest alternative, then Camp, Duschee, etc.

The winter season is strictly catch-and-release right now (until April 13). A reminder that if you go this weekend, you will have to have a 2002 MN license and trout & salmon stamp as well.

The trend has been, the warmer the weather, the warmer the water, the more active the trout are. It could be a less than desirable weekend to angle for trout considering the weather.

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Hey Willie, or anyone else, I heard that there was a fish kill on the Cedar River in Austin, I was wondering what the whole story was on it? All I heard was lots of dead fish near the wastewater treatment plant.

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    • Cliff Wagenbach
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