Learn more about trout May 6

April 25, 2017 GMT

WYKOFF — The 17th annual Trout Day will be May 6 at Forestville State Park. Participants will learn about trout, see an electrofishing demonstration, get an introduction to fly and spin fishing and learn the regulations.

Oh, and they’ll fish, too.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the programs begin at 9 a.m.

Lunch is free, and there will be door prizes. The event ends around 3:30 p.m.

There is no age limit, but children should be old enough to fish by themselves. Around fourth grade would be about right, said organizer Jim Wernimont, of Spring Valley. Those 16 and older don’t need a license or trout stamp for this event.

Bass tournament results

Three bass anglers from the region fished the unfamiliar waters of Lake of the Ozarks in southern Missouri on April 4, 5 and 6 as part of the Minnesota team in the B.A.S.S. Nation tournament for amateurs.

They placed mostly in the middle of the pack of 190 boat owners who fished against each other and 190 who rode along and fished against those others without boats, said Rick Billings, of Rochester, who fished. He, Jeff Mulholland, of Elgin, and Peheerayout See, of Rochester, represented the Zumbro Valley Bassmasters.

The winner was Cedar Hills, Mo., angler Beau Govreau, with a three-day catch of 15 bass weighing 64 pounds, 11 ounces. The 36-year-old contractor took over the lead on Thursday by catching a five-bass limit weighing 21-13 and followed up the final day with a 22-15 limit to win the championship and finish as Missouri’s top angler in the boater division.

See, who fished as a non-boat owner, did the best of local anglers, finishing 16th with nine fish, weighing 22 pounds, 12 ounces.

Billings, who was a boater, finished 79th with seven fish, weighing 19 pounds, 11 ounces. And Mulholland, a non-boater, was 110th with two fish weighing 6 pounds, one ounce.

The Minnesota team finished 10th out of 19 states.

Fishing the 90-mile-long impoundment was tough because it has no grass anywhere, Billings said. Instead, anglers had to fish rocky shores or the many boat docks, or had to drive 50 miles or more each way to get away from fishing pressure.

Bass in the lake rely on gizzard shad that feed on bugs that eat algae or plankton, he said. Later in the year, fish will feed on crayfish, he said.