Southeast MN Stream Conditions

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Friday - October 9, 2015

Current conditions

Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)

Clear, Normal

South Branch Root River (Forestville State Park)

Clear, Normal

Pine Creek


South Fork Root River (Million Dollar Bridge)

Clear, Normal

Trout Run

Clear, Normal

South Branch Root River (Lanesboro)

Slightly off, Normal

West Beaver Creek

Clear, Normal

Duschee Creek

Clear, Normal

Rush Creek


Winnebago 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).

October 9, 2015 (Friday) - Reports of Baetis emerging here and there.  They are small...#18-22.  Also we have seen numerous larger caddis in the stream side vegetation this past week.  These were #12 or so.  Hoppers and crickets are still abundant along field/pastured areas.  This coming weekend will be the last weekend of the fall catch-and-release.  Season ends October 15th (next Thursday).  Streamers...think streamers.

October 2, 2015 (Friday) - We've seen some caddis activity on streams like Winnebago Creek, Forestville Creek and Middle Branch Whitewater.  These are the bigger (#12 or so) fall caddis that never come off heavy but should be getting eaten by trout.  Grasshopper still killing frost yet.  Streamer time.

September 24, 2015 (Thursday) - Streams are in excellent condition.  Weather is still pretty warm.  Trico spinners have been seen on South Branch Root River.  Caddis (unknown species) were seen thick on some of the Whitewater and Houston County streams.  More reports from anglers as NOT having success on hoppers...unknown why not as the stream sides are full of them.  We've heard good reports of those using streamers.  Another fishing weekend ahead of us!  Don't forget that the catch-and-release season now goes until October 15th!

September 15, 2015 (Tuesday) - Streams are all in good condition.  The South Branch of the Root downstream of Lanesboro is somewhat off color.  Lots of hoppers and crickets in the stream side vegetation!  Note - if you call the office for information and must leave a message because we are out (field season begins now) please leave a return phone number so we can call you back as our phones do not have caller ID.

September 11, 2015 (Friday) - Cool and overcast.  Big brown trout are on the move and eating.  Reports of hopper patterns working well...also streamers. We've seen lots of crickets on some streams.  Also yellow jackets.  Grasshoppers have been thick on some stretches of water and active during the warmest times of day.

August 31, 2015 (Monday) - Rained all day last Friday but it appears the streams took it well.  Smallmouth are on as are the big heavy brown trout.  Streamer and trico time!

August 28, 2015 (Friday) - Raining now (3:00pm Friday).  Streams have handled this type of rain (constant but not really hard rain) very well this year.  Tricos are out and about.  We've seen them on several streams here.  Brown trout have been moving...bigger fish being found in places they were not several weeks ago.  Streamer and hopper time!

August 21, 2015 (Friday) - Significant rains coming Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  Lots of nice sized hoppers along the stream banks now.

August 14, 2015 (Friday) - Good to go!  Rain maybe this weekend.  Hoppers are getting bigger. Saw some caddis on the wall outside this office.

August 10, 2015 (Monday) - All looks good to go!  It appears that our "check water temperatures" comment may have scared some people in thinking that there is no trout fishing available right now in southeast Minnesota.  Major mistake on our parts!  All we were suggesting is that areas such as downstream of Lanesboro Dam, downstream end of South Fork Root, etc. should be checked before you spend hours fishing and find out you were fishing for trout in 75F water temperatures.  You aren't going to catch much in that water temperature.  Most of our trout streams in southeast Minnesota are in great shape.  They are low and clear with banks covered in thick vegetation...thus making trout fishing very challenging.  However you are also missing some of the funniest times fishing with foam hoppers!

August 7, 2015 (Friday) - There was very little rain down here last night.  We doubt it caused any turbidity issues for our streams.  Trico spinner falls have been noted in Forestville State Park.  Check water temperatures.

August 4, 2015 (Tuesday) - Stream conditions here should all be good for angling.  Again check water temperatures.  Anything above 66F or so should make you think of going elsewhere to angle.  We've been seeing lots of hoppers in the pastured areas.  Some caddis about with midges.

July 23, 2015 (Thursday) - Check water temperature when you are out.  Water temperatures above 68F will most likely not be as productive as streams with water temperatures <68F.  Tricos hatching on South Branch Root at around 9:30am.  Some larger caddis observed egg laying and hatching.  Numerous midges are out and about.  Hopper, crickets and beetle patterns should be in your vest.

July 21, 2015 (Tuesday) - Rain here yesterday but streams seem unaffected.  Hoppers are out.  Lots of midges hatching in the mornings.

July 17, 2015 (Friday) - Lots of rain here Thursday but Duschee Creek seems to be fine.  Unknown elsewhere.  The rain has prevented us from doing field work.

July 13, 2015 (Monday) - We had very little rain last night...<1 inch.  Streams that we've seen look good to go.

July 9, 2015 (Thursday) - The last few days have been great here!  Low humidity and very good stream conditions.  Reports of small caddis (#18-20, maybe Little Red Twilight Sedge) coming off in the evenings.  Also reports of a mystery #18 pale mayfly. Hoppers are around.

July 6, 2015 (Monday) - From the limited rain this morning all of the streams with information above seem to be fine.  More rain headed this way?

June 24, 2015 (Wednesday) - Most of the rain stayed south.  Stream with headwaters furthest to the south and flowing north will be the most impacted.  Reports of some really good midges hatches on area streams.  Very small hoppers have been noted along the stream bank.

June 22, 2015 (Monday) - Rain...just had some rain.  Stream conditions mostly unknown at this time except for above.

June 16, 2015 (Tuesday) - Though the South Branch Root River running through Lanesboro is very muddy many streams in the area are just fine. 

June 15, 2015 (Monday) - Raining now...but not hard.  Conditions good this morning.

June 12, 2015 (Friday) - Wrong!  See below in yesterday's post.  Most of the rain fell to our south.  We have a report this morning that Trout Run is clear and normal.  Also Forestville State Park.  Wow!  That's great news after what we predicted was going to ruin any trout fishing opportunities for this weekend.  March Browns still hatching.  Caddis of assorted species around. Grasshoppers are out...we saw some very small (#12-14) tan bodies/olive winged versions on Wednesday.

June 11, 2015 (Thursday) - Well...we were are a roll there with excellent angling conditions most of 2015.  Rains today will change much of these conditions.  March Browns, stoneflies, craneflies, caddis, inch worms, ants...all part of the trout menu earlier this week.  If we see anything significant we will add here.

June 4, 2015 (Thursday) - March Browns coming off on South Branch Root in Forestville State Park!  Many species of caddis out and about.  Numerous Baetids around (Blue-winged olives) also.  Dobson fly adults have been seen (Helgrammite/Fishfly adult).  Craneflies are always in the vegetation on the stream bank. Should be good to go!

May 28, 2015 (Thursday) - We had to go down to Winnebago Creek this morning for a bit...Light Hendricksons coming off very well!  We may have seen one March Brown as well...though I heard reports that they are coming off nicely elsewhere too.  Trout rising between 11am and 1pm.  Light Hendrickson duns were yellowish olive with yellow pigment at the base of their wings...very nice looking bugs!  Big rain forecast for this evening...lets hope the rain doesn't shut the hatch down completely.

May 26, 2015 (Tuesday) - We will update here as we see stream conditions.  Light Hendrickson's reported!

May 21, 2015 (Thursday) - We were on the South Branch Whitewater today.  Saw two species of caddis, some small tan craneflies, assorted midges and a BWO dun or two.  Great conditions now!

May 15, 2015 (Friday) - Busy, busy, busy!  We saw some caddis about on the South Branch Whitewater on Wednesday.  Saw some fishing rising.  I've heard reports of small craneflies hatching as well.  Some streams may be a little off colored this weekend but nothing that we've seen that should prevent you from fishing.

May 12, 2015 (Tuesday) - Streams are mostly clear. Commence fishing!

May 11, 2015 (Monday) - We will update as we have things to add.  Rained yesterday evening.

May 7, 2015 (Thursday) - We've had rain...3/4 inch here and there.  Streams seem to be taking it well.  Nothing is blown out.  Most streams we've seen have a little bit of color to them but certaintly nothing to the point of not being fishable.  We've seen several bigger caddis in the bushes on stream side.  And BWO's can be seen on those overcast days.

April 30, 2015 (Thursday) - More caddis!  We are hearing mixed angling success with these caddis hatches.  One angler will report high success on simple caddis dry flies and the next will report that they caught nothing or few on the same patterns.

April 27, 2015 (Monday) - Excellent caddis hatch and egg-laying on South Branch Whitewater this morning.  It all started about 11am.  There were caddis everywhere!  Beautiful day!  Lots of brown trout in the 11 to 13 inch range...some in poor condition and others in great condition.

April 23, 2015 (Thursday) - Reports of Dark Hendrickson's on South Branch Whitewater...small spinner fall, very isolated area.  We've seen caddis each day we are out.  Streams are in great condition!

April 16, 2015 (Thursday) - We electrofished the upper South Fork Root River this morning. Midges and craneflies were flying around when we arrived.  By 11am there were caddis egg laying...two species...probably Little Sister Sedge (#16, mottled wing) and Little Tan Short Horn Sedge (#14-16, tan wing).  No Dark Hendrickson observed.  We did observe numerous aquatic worms (look like very small nightcrawlers) in the drift and water.  These were about an inch long.  We also observed one fish fly larva (Alder Fly) that had been in a trout's stomach in our bucket.  Fish were in excellent condition.  Numerous rainbow trout from last years fingerling stocking!  Several nice brook trout as well.  Many browns in the 10-11 inch size range.  Have a great trout harvest opener!

April 14, 2015 (Tuesday) - Streams are clearing. Some of us fished Sunday and found gin clear water.  We will post more as we see current conditions.

April 9, 2015 (Thursday) - More rain.  More mud.

April 8, 2015 (Wednesday) - Rain...we got some rain yesterday and last night.  We are out and about today so maybe check back to see if there are any updates later today.

April 3, 2015, (Friday) - Clear...all streams we have seen are very clear.  Reports of blue-winged olives on Trout Run and Wisel.  Caddis (unknown species) hatching on South Branch Whitewater yesterday.

March 31, 2015 (Tuesday) - Gin clear waters!  Snow melt must have gone into the ground...which is good because our streams are relatively low right now.  Blue-winged olive hatches reported this past weekend.  Rain forecast for tomorrow afternoon and evening.

March 27, 2015 (Friday) - Very clear stream conditions today!  This will most likely change as we melt some of the 2-3 inches of snow off on Saturday and Sunday.  Reports of little black stones coming off on the Root last week.

March 24, 2015 (Tuesday) - Streams are still in good condition.  There is some snow on the ground here now...about 7 inches.  Each night it is expected to freeze.  We now have the 2015 Trout Angling Opportunities in Southern and Central Minnesota booklets.  We are distributing them to other DNR office across southeast Minnesota this week.  Also some to license sellers.  If you can, we would prefer you pick them up here or in those offices.  They are almost $3 to mail.  If not, we can send you a copy.

March 19, 2015 (Thursday) - All streams that we have seen are in excellent angling condition.  We predict some more blue-winged olive hatches this weekend.  We've heard mixed reports on angler success.  Some with great days and many fish and others with simply a great day outside.  We will be attending the Great Waters Expo this weekend.  We hope to have a nice supply of the 2015 Trout Anling Opportunities in Southern and Central Minnesota booklet available for you to pick up.  We hope to have them distributed across the local state parks and other DNR offices by late next week.  They are expensive to mail but if necessary we can send you one.

March 12, 2015 (Thursday) - Most streams are somewhat high and very muddy.  Today there may be fishable water on headwater streams such as Big Springs, Gribben Creek, Trout Run (Whitewater), Beaver Creek (Whitewater), etc.  Conditions will improve as we move toward the weekend.  There is still snow on the north facing slopes that when melting will contribute to poor stream fishing conditions.  Reports last weekend of trout being caught on wooly buggers, orange scuds and even some dry fly action on Griffith's Gnats.  Blue-winged Olive hatches were observed throughout southeast Minnesota this past weekend.

March 6, 2015 (Friday) - Warm-ish! Maybe a blue-winged olive hatch?!

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.

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.