Southeast MN Stream Conditions

Last updated on:

Monday - July 18, 2016

Current conditions

Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)

Slightly Off, Slightly High

S. Br. Root River (Forestville State Park)

Muddy, Slightly High

Spring Valley Creek

Clear, Normal

South Fork Root River (Million $ Bridge)

Muddy, High

Trout Run

Slightly Off, Normal

South Branch Root River (Lanesboro)

Muddy, High

Camp Creek

-

Duschee Creek

Off, Slightly High

Rush Creek

-

Willow Creek

-

Wisel Creek

-

Whitewater River system

Crystal Springs Hatchery


Fishing Report

We will update this page as in the past... usually on a Thursday or as conditions change.  You are welcome to call the office for information (507-467-2442).

NEW - Check the detailed fishing easement maps (bottom of page).

NEW - Check the new fishing easement maps (bottom of page).

July 13, 2016 (Wednesday) - No rain at the office today...it threatened with maybe a drop or two.  Stream conditions should be good to go.

July 11, 2016 (Monday) - Streams are looking good.  Tricos?

July 8, 2016 (Friday) - Streams are clearing up!  Rush Creek is as clear as gin.  Duschee Creek is now very fishable.

July 7, 2016 (Thursday) - Rain...and high winds last night and the night before.  More coming this afternoon.  If we see any others streams today we will report here ASAP.  When the water has been alright this past week, anglers have reported success with midge larva and San Juan Worms.  Also floating and sinking beetle patterns.  Grasshoppers have been spotted!

June 23, 2016 (Thursday) - Stream conditions are spotty but mostly very good.  Lots of water came down Wisel Creek and its assorted tributaries earlier this week.  Conditions are improving there.  No real information on hatches but March Browns should be around.  Anglers have seen some small hoppers on the stream banks.

June 16, 2016 (Thursday) - Stream conditions are improving.  Crow Springs was very fishable this morning.  Spring Valley Creek is reported to be good to go right now as well.

June 15, 2016 (Wednesday) - Muddy...lots of rain yesterday.  Spring Valley Creek was reported to have been clearing up this afternoon.  Same with Forestville Creek.  Use the rain fall map links below at the bottom of this page.

June 9, 2016 (Thursday) - Well...rain all morning here. Duschee Creek is very muddy.  Forestville State Park report above.  Unknown how stream conditions are going elsewhere in southeast MN.

June 8, 2016 (Wednesday) - Great fishing conditions!  Assorted caddis, mayflies, midges, craneflies, etc.  Sporadic Light Hendrickson's observed.

June 3, 2016 (Friday) - Lt. Hendrickson's observed.  Caddis abundant on some streams.  Low humidity and mostly good conditions.

May 26, 2016 (Thursday) - Rain last night all across southeast MN.  If we get any other reports of stream conditions we will post.

May 20, 2016 (Friday) - Another great week in Southeast Minnesota!  Several species of caddis have been observed. We saw some beetles on the water yesterday.  Also cream craneflies continue to hatch/egg-lay on many streams.  March Brown nymphs are very active and many have darkened wing cases...hinting at their maturity as nymphs.

May 12, 2016 (Thursday) - Water is looking great!  The Middle Branch Whitewater through the park was just a little off color this morning.  Many tan craneflies hatching.  Also saw some Baetis coming off. Cool and wet this weekend.

May 6, 2016 (Friday) - Clear and steady.  Some insect activity observed yesterday but the very strong caddis activity seen several weeks ago has died down.  Multiple species of caddis still around and observed on stream substrates.  Should be a great weekend for some trout fishing.

April 29, 2016 (Friday) - We have had some rain however the streams seem to be fine as of this morning.  Several species of caddis are still going strong however we received no report from Wednesday and Thursday when it was relatively cold here (almost freezing at night).  Should be a great weekend!

April 21, 2016 (Thursday) - Streams are in great condition!  We witnessed a great caddis hatch on the South Branch Whitewater this morning.  Fish were rising everywhere!  We've heard reports that this hatch is all over southeast.  A few Dark Hendrickson here and there.  Also some Blue-winged Olives.  Should be a great weekend!

April 13, 2016 (Wednesday) - We witnessed a great caddis hatch on Bee Creek during our electrofishing assessment this past Monday.  Dark gray wing with black body in #18.  In between all the caddis were numerous blue-winged olives (#18) and assorted midges.  The next few days should see numerous aquatic insects hatching! Note: Two species of caddis hatching on Gribben Creek this afternoon.

April 7, 2016 (Thursday) - Forecasted rain on Sunday.  Cool Friday and Saturday.

April 5, 2016 (Tuesday) - BWO hatches yesterday at around 1:00pm on Wisel Creek. Midges swarming as well.  Fish were rising!

March 31, 2016 (Thursday) - Some clear, some off to muddy.  You will have to do some reconnaissance to find the best water for the next couple of days.  Reports of great luck with soft hackle wets.  Early Brown Stones observed on Root (#12).  Also many cream midges about.

March 28, 2016 (Monday) - Snow is mostly gone.  Blue-winged olive hatches are on here and there.  Clouds of midge adults were noted today on Pine Creek.  We are supposed to have rain on Wednesday.

March 25, 2016 (Friday) - Snow...we have snow.  About 8-10 inches fell here yesterday.  There was none on the ground the day before.  Everything is melting though now.  Duschee is as clear as gin at noon today.

March 17, 2016 (Thursday) - Streams that were muddy/off are clearing quickly.  Trout Run was muddy on Wednesday.  We have not heard otherwise since then.  Blue-winged olives coming off here and there.  Be prepared for these off and on for the next couple of weeks!  We will be at the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo in White Bear Lake on Friday - Sunday...please stop by and say "Hi!".

March 11, 2016 (Friday) - Most of our snow is long gone. We have been in meetings most of this week and have not been out and about...so this report is limited.  BWO's seen emerging on Trout Run earlier this week.  Still success with midge larva and some streamers.  Perhaps a #14 pheasant tail nymph would be good now preparing for a Dark Hendrickson hatch?!

February 25, 2016 (Thursday) - Streams seem to be handling the thaw extremely well.  We've seen some streams with just a bit of color and others very clear yesterday and today.

February 18, 2016 (Thursday) - Air temperatures have been above freezing now since very early this morning with no freeze in site until early Sunday.  Stream temperatures are expected to drop as the melted water finds its way to the streams.  Reports of success with olive midge larva and crane fly patterns last week.

February 11, 2016 (Thursday) - Cold...just cold.  Maybe warmer on Sunday this weekend.  Next week looks good for some fishing!  Reports of success with midge larvae and crane fly patterns.  Also orange scuds.

January 21, 2016 (Thursday) - This should be a good weekend to get out!  All clear. 

January 14, 2016 (Thursday) - No changes other that it is really cold!  Thursday (today) should be your day if you plan on fishing this week.  Temperatures into the low 30's F.  It should be noted that the South Branch Root River in Forestville State Park is mostly ice covered.  Forestville and Canfield creeks are open...little ice.

January 7, 2016 (Thursday) - You better get out before this coming Sunday as temperatures are going to bottom out on that day.  Midges hatches have been observed recently.  Scuds, midge larvae, Baetis nymphs, black stone nymphs may be appropriate fly patterns to try.

January 4, 2016 (Monday) - The word on the stream is that at least one 28-30 inch brown trout was caught this weekend on one of our southeast trout streams.  All reports have been good!  Numerous trout caught.



Description of Information

This site is an attempt to provide up to date information on stream conditions in the Lanesboro Fisheries Management Area. Conditions change quickly and we will update this page as much as our time allows. One person’s description of water conditions and how fishable a particular stream is are always different from someone else. “Last Updated” information will always be posted above.

We will use the terms…

  • CLEAR – Almost - completely transparent (visibility 2 ft or greater)
  • OFF – Slightly off colored, some anglers prefer this condition (visibility 2 ft to 6 inches)
  • MUDDY – Unfishable for most anglers (visibility less than 6 inches)

  • LOW – Flow is lower than what is typical this time of year
  • NORMAL – Flow is normal for what is typical this time of year
  • HIGH – Flow is high for what is typical this time of year

We will not post information based on speculation. If water conditions are MUDDY on Camp Creek, for example, this means that one of us has actually been to Camp Creek on the date reported and observed the condition.

If you need further information you are welcome to call our office.
(507-467-2442)