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Whetting the appetite for wetting lines in Woodbury

Lake Middle School student Howard Chen pretends to cast a line Tuesday, Sept. 10, while checking out a new fishing pier on Colby Lake with classmate Spencer Sadowski. Staff photo by Mike Longaecker1 / 2
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources completed installation on Tuesday, Sept. 10, of a fishing pier at Colby Lake in Woodbury. Staff photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 2

Fishing in Woodbury just got a little easier.

Installation was completed Tuesday on a fishing pier placed at Edgewater Park on Colby Lake. The T-shaped dock was installed in hopes of encouraging more children and families to enjoy the outdoors by wetting a line, a Department of Natural Resources official said.

"It really creates a fishing asset in the community," said DNR fishery specialist Jim Levitt. "The more we can do that, the better."

The pier currently juts out into the lake just off the Edgewater Park parking lot in the park's southern end, but Levitt said that's not the structure's final location. City workers will be constructing a paved trail "a few hundred yards" away from the current location to a point on the lake where the water is deeper, he said.

There, anglers can go after the lake's inhabitants, which include panfish and a newly introduced species: catfish. Levitt said catfish were stocked in Colby Lake last year in an effort to clean up the lake and begin to rid its bullhead population.

"We're hoping that this is one piece of making Colby Lake a better fishing lake," Levitt said.

The catfish will be biting, he said, but likely won't be "keeper" size for at least another year.

The pier -- a $30,000 structure provided by the DNR and supported in-kind by city of Woodbury staff -- was constructed through the MinnCor program by inmates at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, Levitt said.

The pier will have an immediate impact in the local fishing community; Colby Lake will be part of the city's new Fall Fishing Series, which launches Thursday, Sept. 19 at Carver Lake. The program, which aims to draw families out to Woodbury's lakes, continues at Powers Lake and concludes Oct. 5 at Colby Lake.

The program, which costs $15 per person, includes tips and techniques taught by an instructor, as well as information about each lake. Information about the program is available by calling 651-714-3583.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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