Southeast MN Stream Conditions

Last updated on:

Thursday - February 26, 2015

Current conditions

Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)

Clear, Normal

South Branch Root River (Forestville State Park)

Clear, Normal

East Beaver Creek (Beaver Creek Valley State Park)

Clear, Normal

South Fork Root River (Million Dollar Bridge)

Clear, Normal

Trout Run

Clear, Normal

South Branch Root River (Lanesboro)

Clear, Normal

Mill Creek

Clear, Normal

West Beaver Creek

Clear, Normal

Winnebago Creek


Crooked Creek


Wisel Creek

Clear, Normal

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 (August 1, 2014) - Check the new fishing easement maps (bottom of page).

NEW (September 2, 2014) - Creel Survey Reports (bottom of page).

February 26, 2015 (Thursday) - Cold...should be warmer this weekend.  Midges are around when not too windy.

February 19, 2015 (Thursday) - Cold.  We saw someone fishing below the Lanesboro Dam yesterday...brave soul.  All streams that we've seen are experiencing lots of shelf ice.  The further upstream you go the less shelf ice you will see.  The 2015 Trout Angling Opportunities in Southern and Central Minnesota booklet is almost complete.  We are trying our hardest to get this out before the Great Waters Expo March 20-22 and will hopefully have quantities available there.

February 13, 2015 (Friday) - We should have taken care of this yesterday so we wouldn't have to write down Friday the 13th!  We were out and about yesterday reviewing some stream projects.  Many streams we saw are experiencing some shelf ice issues for angling.  Cold, cold, cold.  We are sealing up the odds and ends for a booth at the Great Waters Expo March 20-22.  We will see you there.

February 6, 2015 (Friday) - Note the NEW EASEMENT maps link above!  We suspect some good fishing will be had this weekend.  Daytime temperatures are supposed to be slightly below freezing.  We heard cloudy conditions as well. Midges, blue-winged olives...maybe some little black stoneflies.

January 28, 2015 (Wednesday) - Some cold weather is coming.  Fishing success has been spotty probably due to the stream temperatures dropping with ice melt.  Reports of midge hatches here and there.  Fish rising as well.  Male blue birds seen flycatching on the river below Lanesboro and in Whitewater State Park on the Middle Branch Whitewater.  Always a treat to see while fishing in the winter!

January 22, 2015 (Thursday) - We should have excellent trout fishing opportunities this weekend.  Temperatures are looking favorable for some insect hatches.  Streams with shelf ice are colder than those streams with no shelf ice.  Concentrate your efforts on those streams with no to little shelf ice off of the stream banks.

January 12, 2015 (Monday) - Did you see this weekends forecast?! We would even suggest a day off on Friday to go fishing.  Now is the time.  Hope that we don't get a thaw and stream temperatures will be perfect for some winter trout angling.  This is prime time for winter midging...or smutting as they call it in Europe.  Report in if you observe good hatches.

January 5, 2015 (Monday) - it cold!  If you can trout fish this week you are seriously a hardcore trout angler.  We heard some good reports from several on January 1st and 2nd.  We hope you were able to get out before this artic blast.  Midge larva patterns are going to be the dominate fish catchers from here on out.  Scuds and Brachycentrus caddis larva imitations may also be in the running.  We also heard some were catching trout on dark streamers last week.

December 24, 2014 (Wednesday) - We've had some great feedback regarding this expanded state parks season in southeast.  Some anglers are reporting that the trout are becoming "difficult".  This is probably due to increased angling pressure and colder conditions.  We hope everyone is careful around trout redds (spawning areas). There are still trout spawning here and there.  Any riffle areas with cleaned bright gravel would most likely be a redd.  Our news release regarding the expanded winter trout season (starts January 1st) can be found on the DNR website front page.

December 15, 2014 (Monday) - We've heard that the parks have been very busy during the weekend!  This weather has been good to the trout angler for sure.  Reports of fish being caught on dark streamers in Whitewater SP and tan midge pupa patterns in Forestville SP.  We would like to remind you to stay off of riffle areas where there could be trout redds with eggs beneath.

December 9, 2014 (Tuesday) - No midges on the water today before noon.  Water conditions are great though...sufficiently high to maintain good conditions throughout the winter. As air temperatures rise above freezing, snow begins to melt and water temperatures drop.  Try and get out before Saturday when air temperatures are to be in the 40's F. 

November 21, 2014 (Friday) - Warming up...however Whitewater State Park will be closed this weekend (November 22 and 23) for their annual deer hunt.  Only registered deer hunters will be allowed within the park.

November 18, 2014 (Tuesday) - Cold...still very cold.  Warmer temperatures this coming weekend may bring about some insect activity.  Maybe wishful thinking.

November 12, 2014 (Wednesday) - Cold...very cold. Firearms deer season is upon us and some state parks with the open trout season will be closed for short periods of time except for registered deer hunters.  Please watch here and/or ask the state park where you plan to fish whether they will be allowing non-hunter access.  At any rate...wear blaze orange!

November 3, 2014 (Monday) - People are fishing...and that's great!  State parks are reporting anglers.  Here at the office, midges are hatching on this overcast cool day.  All streams in southeast MN will be open for trout angling January 1, 2015.  Please check the fishing regulation book for any additional restrictions...Ex. gear restrictions.

October 27, 2014 (Monday) - No really recent reports here but we have heard from MNDNR Parks that people are taking advantage of this new state parks season.  Please respect the resource and stay away from any trout redds.  We would suspect blue-winged olive hatches all the way to and beyond the first snow fall.  We see assorted midges flying about every day we are out on the stream.

October 20, 2014 (Monday) - Sorry for the late posting.  This office has been very busy with fall electrofishing assessments.  Note that the only trout streams open in southeast Minnesota are the six in three state parks.  Stream conditions in the Whitewater State Park area can be accessed via the Crystal Springs State Fish Hatchery website linked above.  Blue-winged olives and trico spinners are still available in Forestville State Park on South Branch Root River.  Call if you have questions.

October 9, 2014 (Thursday) - More BWO's today on Middle Branch Whitewater (Crow Springs).  Beautiful day!

October 7, 2014 (Tuesday) - Saw a nice BWO hatch on North Branch Whitewater today.  Fish were rising.  Also some crickets were making lots of ruckus and they were on the dry gravel bars.  Most trout are in super condition...very heavy for their length. 

October 3, 2014 (Friday) - Yes, our trout streams are open for business.  The catch-and-release season closes now on October 15th.  Several days ago we heard reports of BWO's and some caddis.  Leaves in the water have been causing some problems.  Stripping streamers...this is the time!  We had rain yesterday most of the day...sprinkles.  We are not sure whether all streams are fishable.

September 25, 2014 (Thursday) - We've seen Baetis spp. (Blue-winged olives) and Tricos on the water this week.  Several species of caddis around...nothing hatching heavy.  Hoppers and crickets are still being eaten.  Browns are starting to color up and female trout are very heavy with eggs.  Brown Trout young-of-the-year (YOY) are heavy and in great condition.  Some reports of a caddis (olive body with mottled gray/brown wings #16) are probably one of the Little Sister Sedges (Cheumatopsyche spp.).

September 19, 2014 (Friday) - Lots of hoppers and crickets around.  We've heard reports of anglers fishing a small midge larva pattern under a hopper or elk hair caddis with good success.  Also wooly buggers and assorted large streamers.

September 12, 2014 (Friday) - Many of us have been out of the office on vacation getting ready for a full fall of electrofishing assessments.  Most stream conditions and hatch activity are unknown.  Two reports of great blue-winged olive hatchs in the afternoon (on these cold rainy days).

September 5, 2014 (Friday) - Trico spinners at around 10:30-11am.  Cranefly (#12) mating swarms around noon.  Hoppers and crickets around by noon.  All on the South Branch Root River upstream in Forestville State Park.

September 2, 2014 (Tuesday) - Believe it or not...some streams are fine.  We hopefully will have more reports this afternoon.  Fish on!

August 28, 2014 (Thursday) - Our phones are not working properly.  If you need to contact the office you can dial 507-467-3764 (second line).  We were on South Branch Whitewater on Tuesday.  We saw a small Trico spinner fall, several dozen caddis (two species), craneflies, hoppers, crickets and beetles all on the water!  Rain this afternoon.

August 25, 2014 (Monday) - Rain last night and this morning.  We will add more stream conditions as they come in.  Trout Run is not bad...maybe 2 ft visibility at 10am.

August 22, 2014 (Friday) - Trout Run reported clear this morning.

August 21, 2014 (Thursday) - Winnebago Creek was gin clear on Tuesday...unknown now after rain this morning.  If we get more information on the affects of this mornings rain we will post here ASAP.  Trico spinner falls observed on Winnebago...with fish rising.

August 15, 2014 (Friday) - Hoppers!  Also crickets and beetles.  Streamer fishing is going well too...see entry below.

August 12, 2014 (Tuesday) - Our new biologist, Bill Wayne, has already found out why southeast Minnesota's trout streams are so special.  Last Saturday he caught a 24" brown on South Fork Root on a black bunny leech!  Then on Sunday he caught a 14" brook trout on Bee Creek.

August 11, 2014 (Monday) - All good!

August 4, 2014 (Monday) - Tricos spotted on the South Branch Root River in Forestville State Park.  Some caddis observed on Forestville Creek as well.  Please note the new fishing easement maps link above.  More to be added there in the next several days.

July 31, 2014 (Thursday) - Wow!  Great fishing conditions.  Stable weather conditions usually provide for happy fish.  More reports of hoppers and beetles working well on area streams.

July 23, 2014 (Thursday) - Gnats seem to be backing off...maybe not.  Terrestrial time!  We've heard good reports of anglers catching fish on hoppers and beetles.  Streams are in great shape!  Smallmouth are on as well.  Please take some time to wet a line.

July 21, 2014 (Monday) - Some caddis reported also some stoneflies at Forestville State Park.

July 17, 2014 (Thursday) - Most streams are clear...not gin clear but clear.  We've seen fish rising during the middle of the day...not sure to what though.  Reports of excellent hopper fishing across southeast.

July 14, 2014 (Monday) - Clear streams...GO!

July 10, 2014 (Thursday) - Streams are getting to look pretty good again.  Do NOT go fishing with out some sort of protection from the black flies.  We have seen them land on your arm right in the middle of a freshly sprayed area of DEET!  And bite! They don't care!  Some fleet/farmer stores are selling several products to keep them at bay.  Some are using vanilla extract.  Some say that doesn't work.  Absorbine Jr. Plus works.

July 8, 2014 (Tuesday) - We got some rain yesterday afternoon.  Streams are not in good shape.

July 7, 2014 (Monday) - Streams for the most part remain as they were late last week.

July 3, 2014 (Thursday) - Looks like there should be some good fishing to be had out there.  Have a good 4th of July!

July 1, 2014 (Tuesday) - If you haven't fished Houston County in a would be the time!  Streams checked above in that county were in perfect condtion.  Small hoppers observed in pasture areas.

June 30, 2014 (Monday) - Reports of fishable water are around.  Forestville State Park reported their streams are fishable.  Also anglers fished Crooked Creek Sunday and caught fish.

June 27, 2014 (Friday) - Rained more than 6 inches in some parts of southeast last night and this morning!  Hope you got out Wednesday or Thursday.

June 26, 2014 (Thursday) - South Branch Root River is clearing...fishable in some spots especially further upstream.

June 25, 2014 (Wednesday) - Streams are clearing...just in time for more rain this weekend. We suggest you fish today and tomorrow!  We've seen some small hoppers in pasture/meadow areas along several streams now.

June 23, 2014 (Monday) - Pine and Rush creek were clear and normal on Sunday morning.  We did receive some more rain Sunday afternoon.  Duschee Creek is fine...clear and normal...this morning.

June 20, 2014 (Friday) - Streams are clearing...Duschee is just fine!

June 19, 2014 (Thursday) - Wow!  Rain...everything is muddy and high right now.  If we hear anything changes we will add it tomorrow (Friday).

June 5, 2014 (Thursday) - Streams continue to clear.  No rain.  There will be no stream conditions report for the week of June 9 to 13...we apologize but many of us will be gone fishing!  Feel free to call the office...507-467-2442.

June 4, 2014 (Wednesday) - Streams are clearing.  More Light Hendricksons reported.

June 2, 2014 (Monday) - Rain.  Looks like Fillmore County got the least of all the rain.  Some streams here are muddy and high while others, at least early this morning, were fine (clear, normal).  Reports of Light Hendricksons now starting.  Multiple caddis species have been seen.  More added here as we get updates.

May 29, 2014 (Thursday) - Water conditions are almost "too good".  Clear as a bell. Caddis of several species are coming off.  No word of Light Hendrickson's yet but I wouldn't be surprised if they pop soon.  Reports of fish being caught on caddis pupa patterns.

May 22, 2014 (Thursday) - MORE caddis!  Depending on the humidity and clouds we have seen caddis come off at all times of the day.  Also some crane flies about...pale yellow.  Shake the limbs of streamside brush and out the caddis adults will come!

May 14, 2014 (Wednesday) - More caddis reports...probably Little Tand Short Horn (Glossosoma sp.) and Little Sister Sedge (Cheumatopsyche sp.).  Water temperature on South Branch Whitewater was 58F this noon.  Most streams should be in excellent condition.  Though trout numbers are down somewhat across southeast there are many more fish in the 10-14 inch range than typical.

May 9, 2014 (Friday) - Caddis are reported in multiple areas!  Some Dark Hendrickson's reported last Sunday.  Time to fish!

May 7, 2014 (Wednesday) - Great conditions now!  Dark Hendrickson's were observed hatching this past weekend.  Hendrickson nymphs were observed in our fish buckets while electrofishing...which means they were probably in fish mouths or stomachs.

May 2, 2014 (Friday) - Sorry for the late entry here...our internet has been down for a while.  This should be an excellent weekend to get some fishing in.  Caddis?  Dark Hendricksons? don't know unless you get out.

April 28, 2014 (Monday) - Hopefully more reports later today once we have been out in the field.

April 25, 2014 (Friday) - Rain most of the day yesterday...not real heavy but it rained most of the morning.  BWO's still reported around.  Today would be a great day for seeing some Dark Hendricksons.  Reports of lots of wind this weekend.  Forestville Creek is reported to improve in clarity and level as the day continues.

April 17, 2014 (Thursday) - Time to fish...period.  Every day now it seems there is some insect activity (#18 dark gray midges hatching on Winnebago this morning and dark brown #20 pupa in trout stomachs on Bee Creek yesterday).  Many many trout >12 inches on both of those two streams.

April 14, 2014 (Monday) - Wisel and South Fork Root River were clear and normal flows Sunday morning.  More rain has come since then though.

April 10, 2014 (Thursday) - BWO's hatching nicely at around 1-3 pm yesterday.  There has been mention of Dark Hendricksons.  Water conditions should be good to go all over southeast Minnesota.

April 8, 2014 (Tuesday) - Streams are clearing up.  Duschee Creek is in fine shape.

April 7, 2014 (Monday) - Streams should clear up as the week progresses. Some great fishing was had this past weekend in areas with better than muddy water.

April 2, 2014 (Wednesday) - Someone mentioned Dark Hendricksons but I can't believe it.  Streams are coming down from their peak flow on Sunday/Monday.  They are not clearing up well though.  This is the time of year when you will need to do some driving to find something fishable...and then do it all again the next day to see if anything has changed.  Depending on what form this moisture comes at us on Thursday and Friday we could have some good fishing conditions this weekend.  Duschee Creek has cleared up considerably since this morning (3:30 pm).

March 28, 2014 (Friday) - Duschee Creek is high and muddy from yesterdays rain and snow.  It is unknown how other streams are doing.

March 27, 2014 (Thursday) - Right now it appears that most streams are good to go...clear with normal to low flows.  If we receive any rain here this afternoon or tonight that would of course change.

March 17, 2014 (Monday) - Limited information for today as we have not been out and about.  Some streams should definitely be fishable right  now.  Blue-winged olive hatch late last week on some streams reported.  More information here as we receive it.  Water temperatures in the low 40's F.

March 6, 2014 (Thursday) - If you are a winter trout angler or if you have ever considered going out to winter trout fish this may be your weekend!  Temperatures should be in the 20's F.  Monday is supposed to be in the high 30's F, perhaps warmer.  Midges should be hatching.  Winds may have an effect on this though as we are supposed to have some high winds possible.  Down in the valley though it is much more calm.  Streams are in great condition.  We have heard of several anglers that have had success getting around in the deep snow with their snowshoes.  Now would be the time to try that.

February 19, 2014 (Wednesday) - Reports of several blue-winged olive hatches yesterday.  We have seen nothing coming off Duschee here.  Lots of water still reported to be ice covered.  A major amount of snow for tomorrow with cold temperatures following through the weekend and beyond.

February 13, 2014 (Thursday) - Bright blue bird day out today.  Some wind down in the valleys.  Streams quickly open up from shelf ice as the day progresses.  If you can loose the wind and the intense sun you may find a blue-winged olive hatch!

February 6, 2014 (Thursday) - Ok...someone can turn up the thermistat please!  Middle Branch Whitewater in the area of Cty 9 access is reported to be free of shelf ice.  If you get to a trout stream early enough you can watch steam rising over the water.  Other than that please stay safe.  Sounds like late next week may bring us some temperatures in the mid-20's or better.

January 30, 2014 (Thursday) -'s been a little cold.  We have had few reports from anglers.  Yesterday may have been our best day of the week to get out.  Driving conditions are not good today though it would be nice to fish after the snow fall this morning.  Based on earlier reports anglers have had success with orange scuds, midge larva and midge pupa patterns.

January 17, 2014 (Friday) - Most streams with good spring flow are open now. There is some ice cover on areas with slower water...some of the better pools for example.  Midges hatches here and there.  Some fish have been seen rising.  This should be a good weekend!

January 8, 2014 (Wednesday) - Most streams are frozen over with very little if any access to open water to fish.  This weekend should change those conditions.  Good luck!

January 3, 2014 (Friday) - Fish were caught on winter opener!  Because of the extremely cold weather most parts of the South Branch Root River that are open to winter angling in Forestville State Park are ice covered.  Areas on Forestville and Canfield are open...enough to get a drift in.

December 30, 2013 (Monday) - Winter trout season (Catch-and-release) begins January 1st in southeast Minnesota!  Please be careful!

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.