Southeast MN Stream Conditions

Last updated on:

Tuseday - March 24, 2015

Current conditions

Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)


South Branch Root River (Forestville State Park)


East Beaver Creek (Beaver Creek Valley State Park)

Clear, Normal

South Fork Root River (Million Dollar Bridge)


Trout Run

Clear, Normal

South Branch Root River (Lanesboro)

Off, Normal

Mill Creek

Clear, Normal

West Beaver Creek


Winnebago Creek


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

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

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.