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Colby Lake angling to be fishing destination?

A fishing pier similar to the one at Powers Lake will be installed at Colby Lake. Bulletin photo by Riham Feshir

An already popular Woodbury lake is about to get even more attention.

Colby Lake, a place where many residents walk, bike and run, will soon have a place to sit, throw a fishing lure and catch some fish.

With shoreline fishing already taking place at the lake, and a new aeration system the city put in this year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decided to add Colby Lake to its Fishing in the Neighborhood program.

"We see all sorts of fishing on all the small lakes in the city," Woodbury Parks and Recreation Director Bob Klatt said, adding that Colby Lake has seen an increase in visitors recently so it only made sense to install a fishing pier there.

Identical to the Powers Lake fishing dock, Klatt said the new Colby Lake fishing pier will be located at the south end of the lake off of Lake Road and west of the parking lot.

There is currently no trail that connects to the location of the pier, so the city will add the hard surface asphalt this summer before the DNR installs the pier later in August or early September.

"It's completely handicap accessible," Klatt said.

The DNR began managing the lake and stocking it in 2002. The lake has a good panfish population and shore access around its 2-mile perimeter, according to the DNR.

Bullheads and white suckers were the most abundant fish when the DNR did an assessment of Colby Lake in March 2012.

Klatt said the lake is rather shallow and many of the fish don't survive long, snowy Minnesota winters when the oxygen levels deplete so much.

"We've had periodic winters where we've had pretty substantial fish kills," he said. "Once the ice is out, you see that on top of the lake."

The DNR stocked the lake with channel catfish fingerlings for the first time in 2012. Meanwhile, the city of Woodbury and South Washington Watershed District installed an aeration system to prevent additional winter kill of catfish.

The DNR says the catfish are expected to reduce the number of bullheads in the lake, which would then help improve water quality.

Similar fishing experiences in Woodbury can be found at Battle Creek Lake, where an aeration system was also installed to keep fish alive over the winter months.

Other lakes like Carver and Powers don't need aeration systems, but are becoming popular for fishing as well.

Klatt said fishing opportunities in Woodbury continue to increase and provide convenient access to amenities within the city.

"For families and kids to walk to the lake, bike to the lake, and drive to the lake and park and just have a few hours of lake fishing," he said. "The DNR, through their Fishing in the Neighborhood program, has done a lot of things to improve fishing opportunities to make it more accessible."

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.