Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Lake Maria State Park will host its annual Fishing Outlook and Fish-Management Program beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, just in time for the May 14 fishing opener.
The free event will be presented by DNR professionals from the Montrose Fisheries Area (most of Wright County and the southern half of Stearns County). The program will be held at the park's boat landing in the picnic area. In case of rain, it will move to the nature center. Live fish from Maria Lake will be displayed.
In addition to identifying fish, participants also will learn about spawning, feeding, stocking and habitat. Information about other area lakes will be available.
A wide range of fish species live in Maria Lake, including northern pike, walleyed pike, crappies, bluegills, small and largemouth bass, bullhead, carp, dogfish and buffalohead.
There is a $5 daily vehicle permit fee for those who do not have an annual permit. Annual permits can be purchased at the park for $25. Lake Maria State Park is located approximately seven miles northwest of Monticello, five miles north of Maple Lake and 10 miles northeast of Annandale on Wright County Highway 111.
Call the park at (763) 878-2325 for more information and directions, or visit its web site at www.mnstateparks.info.