Southeast MN Stream Conditions

Last updated on:

Wednesday - October 26, 2016

Current conditions

Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)

Muddy, High

S. Br. Root River (Forestville State Park)

Muddy, High

Pine Creek (upper)


South Fork Root River (Million $ Bridge)


Trout Run


South Branch Root River (Preston)


Camp Creek


Duschee Creek


Gribben Creek


Garvin Brook


Winnebago 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).

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

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

October 26, 2016 (Wednesday) - See below about streams that are open for angling.  Rains last night and this morning have changed conditions to mostly muddy and high.  Stream conditions should improve by this weekend.

October 21, 2016 (Friday) - See below.  Trout Run is closed to angling until January 1, 2017.  Only those streams within the boundaries of three state parks (listed below) are open for angling.  Streams are looking great!  We saw some midges hatching yesterday.

October 18, 2016 (Tuesday) - The trout angling season is now CLOSED in southeast Minnesota.  No angling in designated trout streams. The only streams that are open for angling are within the boundaries of Forestville State Park (Forestville Creek, South Branch Root River, Canfield Creek), Whitewater State Park (Trout Run Creek, Middle Branch Whitewater River) and Beaver Creek Valley State Park (East Beaver Creek).  The "Trout Run" flowing through Saratoga, Dog Patch, Lohman's, Bid-a-wee's, etc. is NOT open to any angling until January 1, 2017.

October 14, 2016 (Friday) - Some great fishing reports (streamers) from this past Wednesday have been reported. Only one more day left for Trout Season 2016!  Season ends October 15th.  Three state park seasons will remain open.  Those desiginated trout streams within the boundaries of Beaver Creek Valley State Park, Forestville State Park and Whitewater State Park are open to catch-and-release angling from October 16 to December 31, 2016.  All others designated trout streams in southeast Minnesota are closed for angling regardless of your targeted fish species.

October 11, 2016 (Tuesday) - Streams are getting that fall blue color!  Hoppers are still around a bit but we may have a freeze tonight.  Blue-winged olives and some caddis have been spotted on the North Branch Whitewater electrofishing stations.  Season mostly ends October 15 (this coming Saturday!).

October 5, 2016 (Wednesday) - Hoppers are still around.  They become active once the sun comes out.  Reports of some really nice browns on streamers.  Ten more days and the trout season ends!

September 28, 2016 (Wednesday) - Garvin Brook was in great condition this morning.  We did see one larger mayfly (#16) coming off the water.  There were also numerous large caddis larvae in cases yet to hatch.

September 15, 2016 (Thursday) - Winnebago Creek has had several very large floods in the past couple of weeks.  This in general is not good.  However, the vegetation in the stream and along the banks has been flattened and this makes for very easy angling.  Grasshoppers were everywhere there today.  Fly ants noted on Trout Run with fish rising to their "hatch".

September 12, 2016 (Monday) - Streams are settling down a bit.  We've had some good reports from this weekend on both streamers and hopper patterns.

September 8, 2016 (Thursday) - We are a little wet here in southeast Minnesota!  Crooked, Winnebago and Bee creeks got it again!  Bee Creek watershed received 6 inches of rain Wednesday morning.  Most of the rain came through the most southerly sections of Minnesota.  More rain to come on Friday afternoon and into Saturday morning.

September 6, 2016 (Tuesday) - Saw some great Trico spinner clouds on Rush Creek last week with trout rising underneath.  Our habitat improvement project is looking great!  Also saw some blue-winged olives hatching early Saturday morning on Rush Creek.  Rain is forecast for this evening and night.  Hopper bite has been either great or non-existent...nothing in between.

September 1, 2016 (Thursday) - Hoppers, crickets, beetles...try them all. Success reported with streamers as well.  Have a safe weekend!

August 29, 2016 (Monday) - Things are looking better this morning as far as water conditions.  Some reports of success with hoppers and beetles.  Rain is expected again this evening and/or tomorrow morning.

August 25, 2016 (Thursday) - Trout Run is on the very edge of fishable...maybe tomorrow or Saturday.  All other streams we saw today were muddy and high.

August 22, 2016 (Monday) - Trico spinner falls on South Branch Root River with some observed on Middle Branch Whitewater behind the Whitewater State Park Visitor's Center early last week.

August 12, 2016 (Friday) - Our most southern trout streams seem to be in great shape...clear, normal stream conditions.  The further north the more rain fell over the past few days.  Nice hopper "hatch" on South Fork Root River was noted on Monday.  Some have reported great success using hopper patterns while others have caught nothing on hoppers.  Plan B = Beetles.

August 5, 2016 (Friday) - We received about 1 to 2 inches of rain yesterday in most areas.  Stream conditions will improve through the weekend.  Some should be fishable this morning. UPDATE at 2:30pm: Willow Creek and Rush Creek were noted as fishable.

July 27, 2016 (Wednesday) - Beetle and hopper bite is on!

July 26, 2016 (Tuesday) - Trico spinners on South Branch Root River in Forestville State Park!

July 25, 2016 (Monday) - Big rains Saturday that hit or missed some watersheds.

July 13, 2016 (Wednesday) - No rain at the office threatened with maybe a drop or two.  Stream conditions should be good to go.

July 11, 2016 (Monday) - Streams are looking good.  Tricos?

July 8, 2016 (Friday) - Streams are clearing up!  Rush Creek is as clear as gin.  Duschee Creek is now very fishable.

July 7, 2016 (Thursday) - Rain...and high winds last night and the night before.  More coming this afternoon.  If we see any others streams today we will report here ASAP.  When the water has been alright this past week, anglers have reported success with midge larva and San Juan Worms.  Also floating and sinking beetle patterns.  Grasshoppers have been spotted!

June 23, 2016 (Thursday) - Stream conditions are spotty but mostly very good.  Lots of water came down Wisel Creek and its assorted tributaries earlier this week.  Conditions are improving there.  No real information on hatches but March Browns should be around.  Anglers have seen some small hoppers on the stream banks.

June 16, 2016 (Thursday) - Stream conditions are improving.  Crow Springs was very fishable this morning.  Spring Valley Creek is reported to be good to go right now as well.

June 15, 2016 (Wednesday) - Muddy...lots of rain yesterday.  Spring Valley Creek was reported to have been clearing up this afternoon.  Same with Forestville Creek.  Use the rain fall map links below at the bottom of this page.

June 9, 2016 (Thursday) - Well...rain all morning here. Duschee Creek is very muddy.  Forestville State Park report above.  Unknown how stream conditions are going elsewhere in southeast MN.

June 8, 2016 (Wednesday) - Great fishing conditions!  Assorted caddis, mayflies, midges, craneflies, etc.  Sporadic Light Hendrickson's observed.

June 3, 2016 (Friday) - Lt. Hendrickson's observed.  Caddis abundant on some streams.  Low humidity and mostly good conditions.

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.

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.