Southeast MN Stream Conditions

Last updated on:

Thursday - April 17, 2014

Current conditions

Canfield Creek


Forestville Creek

Clear, Normal

Duschee Creek

Clear, Normal

Gribben Creek

Clear, Normal

Pine Creek


South Branch Root River (Lanesboro)

Off, Slightly High

South Branch Root River (Forestville State Park)

Clear, Normal

Trout Run


Winnebago Creek

Clear, Normal

Wisel Creek

Clear, Normal

Crooked 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.

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 definately 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.