Southeast MN Stream Conditions

Last updated on:

Thursday - May 26, 2016

Current conditions

Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)

Slighty Off, Normal

S. Br. Root River (Forestville State Park)

Slightly Off, Normal

Crooked Creek

Slightly Off, Normal

South Fork Root River (Million $ Bridge)


Trout Run


South Branch Root River (Lanesboro)


Gribben Creek


Duschee Creek

Muddy, High

Rush Creek


Mill 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).

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 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.

December 29, 2015 (Tuesday) - Streams look good!  For those needing to officially start the 2016 trout season off, all designated trout streams in southeast Minnesota will be open to catch-and-release angling on January 1st.  We have about 6-8 inches of snow on the ground now and temperatures look to be challenging on opening day.  The weekend looks a little better.

December 24, 2015 (Thursday) - Though we did not get a report from Forestville State Park, all streams we have seen today are clear and in good condition.  Most state roadways are alright for driving however many of the county roads are pretty rough. Be careful driving!  All trout streams open for catch-and-release trout angling on January 1st, 2016!

December 15, 2015 (Tuesday) - Streams are somewhat high and muddy to off colored.

December 11, 2015 (Friday) - 40F+ in December!  Park streams look great!

December 7, 2015 (Monday) - Still looking good!  We are supposed to have some rain possible on Tuesday and Thursday.  Streams and their springs have been responding very well though to any precipitation and remaining relatively clear.

December 4, 2015 (Friday) - Streams look great!  Remember that the only streams open for trout fishing right now are in Beaver Creek Valley State Park, Whitewater State Park and Forestville State Park.

November 19, 2015 (Thursday) - Rain does not appear to have affected any of our streams with regards to water clarity, etc.  Please note that this weekend Whitewater State Park will be closed to anyone not involved in their deer season.

November 12, 2015 (Thursday) - Rain did not fall in the amount that was first predicted.  We did get rain but it appears that streams were not greatly affected.  This weekend is supposed to be really nice!

November 10, 2015 (Tuesday) - Beautiful days!  But some rain coming tonight and wind.  Reports of anglers catching some nice browns in Forestville SP and Whitewater SP.

October 22, 2015 (Thursday) - We are still seeing blue-winged olives (BWO's) emerging on assorted trout streams.  Also some large rusty caddisflies.  There were still hoppers in the grass jumping about on Duschee Creek this morning.  Brown and brook trout are spawning...please avoid the areas surrounding redds when walking.  If you sit and watch, their spawning activities are very entertaining.  Great learning opportunity!

October 16, 2015 (Friday) - And then there was the state parks season!  All trout streams are closed to angling now after October 15 except those trout streams within the boundaries of Whitewater State Park, Forestville State Park and Beaver Creek Valley State Park.  All catch-and-release, barbed or barbless hooks and gear restrictions apply to those streams in the above parks that have them (Canfield Creek and the upstream most end of the Middle Branch Whitewater in the park).  We are still seeing BWO's on warmer overcast days.  Hoppers most likely died with the freeze last night.

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 Angling 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.