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CPW adds 300 catchable rainbow trout to Pueblo’s Lake Minnequa
CPW News Release
PUEBLO, Colo. - There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but now there is also plenty of fish in Pueblo’s Lake Minnequa. Colorado Parks and Wildlife Pueblo Hatchery recently stocked the lake with 300 catchable rainbow trout, and will stock a total of 500 more through next fall.

In 2004, the city of Pueblo began a project to revitalize Lake Minnequa. The goal was to, once again, make it a place where residents and visitors could enjoy the Colorado outdoors.

Part of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife mission is to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire people to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Stocking the lake with catchable fish is part of an effort that gives southern Pueblo residents a great way to reconnect with the outdoors.

“For a long time, that area of Pueblo has really had nothing,” said Dan Prenzlow, CPW southeast regional manager. He added that providing fish for the lake has already brought scores of local fishermen to the shores hoping to get a bite.

CPW began stocking the lake in the spring of 2014 and has so far stocked:

5000 half-inch redear sunfish
3000 two-inch bluegill
1000 eight-inch catfish
63 six-inch bluegill
600 ten-inch rainbow trout

The Pueblo Hatchery is the only cold water and warm water facility in Colorado. The hatchery raises fry, fingerlings, catchables of rainbow trout, crappie, bluegills, largemouth bass, brown trout, saugeye, wiper, and walleye. For more information on CPW hatchery programs, visit|