Lanesboro area

Section of Fisheries

Southeast MN Stream Conditions

Last updated on:

Monday - May 22, 2017

Current conditions

Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)

Slightly Off, Slightly High

S. Br. Root River (Forestville State Park)

Off, Slightly High

Pine Creek (Rush Creek watershed)

Muddy, High

South Fork Root River (Million $ Bridge)


Trout Run

Muddy, High

South Branch Root River (Preston)

Off, High

Camp Creek


Duschee Creek

Clear, Normal

Gribben Creek

Clear, Normal

Willow Creek

Clear, Normal

Garvin Brook


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).

NOTE - Check the detailed fishing easement maps (bottom of page).

NOTE - Check the new fishing easement maps (bottom of page).

May 18, 2017 (Thursday) - Strange weather patterns and rain fall make for stream conditions that are great in one watershed but not good in the watershed right over the hill.  Some of our streams are gin if nothing has happened. More rain coming Saturday.

May 17, 2017 (Wednesday) - Most of the rain was south in Iowa and through the Whitewater watershed.  Many streams were in great condition yesterday as well south of Whitewater.

May 12, 2017 (Friday) - More good! Streams look good to go for this weekend.  We've seen caddis each day in the field this week though nothing really heavy.  Midges are around as well.  We've heard success from numerous fly anglers using soft hackles, bead head nymphs of all varieties, and some streamers.  Trout are looking up and attractor dries are working as well.

May 3, 2017 (Wednesday) - Things are looking good here!  Caddis out and about.  Should be a great week and weekend.

April 27, 2017 (Thursday) - got cold and we have seen some snow flakes!  No snow on the ground though.  Caddis may have shut off for a bit.  Maybe streamer time?

April 20, 2017 (Thursday) - Rain...we had lots of rain last night.  Use the NOAA link below to find the area with the least amount of rain if you are going out.  Looks like Lanesboro received just under 1 inch last night as is the case with most of Fillmore County.  Same with Houston County. Olmsted County even more...up to almost 2 inches near Eyota.  Parts of Winona County around 2 inches. Reports of caddis earlier this week on some streams. 

April 13, 2017 (Thursday) - Lookin' good!

April 12, 2017 (Wednesday) - It has cooled off some this week.  No new reports of hatches.  Blue-winged Olives should be around and you may find some Dark Hendrickson's.  We've heard rumors of caddis as well...but just rumors.  Rain this evening may change things a bit but it hopefully will not be enough to make fishing difficult.  Trout harvest opener is this Saturday, April 15th.

April 7, 2017 (Friday) - Reports of Dark Hendrickson emerging from this past weekend.  Stream rocks are covered in Hendrickson nymphs on some parts of the South Fork Root River.  We have also been seeing blue-winged olives and numerous midges every day.  Some have reported excellent streamer fishing as well.

March 31, 2017 (Friday) - Streams appear to be only marginally affected by this past rain.  We would imagine that most streams are waiting for you to fish them with maybe some discoloration to the water.  Many reports of some great Blue-Winged Olive (BWO) activity.  Success with BWO emergers and soft hackle with some dry fly action.  Dark Hendrickson's next!

March 21, 2017 (Tuesday) - Some reports of blue-winged olives out and about.  Also some midges hatching with dry fly activity.  Rain coming this Friday and weekend.  No to very little snow on the ground here now.

February 22, 2017 (Wednesday) - Looks like we are mostly muddy down here.  I have not heard any good water condition reports but I bet you could find some fishable water before the snow storm comes on Friday.  Some streams are looking better than yesterday...maybe fishable this afternoon?

February 13, 2017 (Monday) - Blue-winged olives seen on Trout Run.  Fish rising to midge adults and pupa.

February 10, 2017 (Friday) - Stream conditions may change!  You may have to have a Plan B if you come down this weekend.  Streams with smaller watersheds would of course have better water condtions than those in larger watershed.  Streams are in excellent shape right now!

February 9, 2017 (Thursday) - Streams look to be in great shape.  Warm(er) temperatures tomorrow and this weekend!

January 30, 2017 (Monday) - Trout were caught this past weekend.  Midges, scuds...the normal fly patterns.

January 18, 2017 (Wednesday) - Duschee has been getting a little off colored today.  You can see about 3 ft down into the hatchery bridge pool.  Plenty of rainbow trout out there!  Shelf ice (surface ice on stream edges usually in slower deeper pools) was developing last week but probably gone now on many streams this week.  Do not walk on shelf ice!

January 9, 2017 (Monday) - Note that the CWD deer hunt is ongoing.  See below for maps of the area hunt. Streams are in great shape.  No reports of midges hatching but its been pretty cold.  Please note that the new maps for the "Town and State Park Catch-and-Release Trout Season" are up here.  The first opportunity to take advantage of this new trout season will be October 16, 2017.  First big brown of the year caught in southeast MN on January 1st...29 inch male!

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…

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.