Warm Water River Information

The three county area offers some incredible river fishing opportunities. The Clearwater, Crow, Elk, Sauk, and St. Francis rivers all offer unique and relatively underutilized angling opportunities with scenic views. Below you will find a variety of summaries and reports on the warm water rivers in our area.

North Fork Crow River Report - 2012 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

South Two River Report - 2006 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Clearwater River Report - 2005 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

St. Francis River Report - 2004 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Watab River Report - 2003 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Elk River Report - 1999 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Sauk River Report - 1998 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

 

Crow River Access Guide

 

From July 9 - August 3, 2012, a fish population assessment of the Crow River was conducted from the mouth of the Crow River in Dayton to the Meeker/Wright County line near the town of Kingston.  The population assessment encompassed approximately 93 river miles of the North Fork and Crow Rivers.  All fish species were sampled via boat electrofishing with special targeted sampling for channel catfish using trot lines.  Below is a summary of species sampled during the assessment with sportfish species being highlighted.

 

Crow River Pop Assmt - July 9 - Aug 3, 2012

Species - electrofishing Number Average length (in) Max length (in)
Bigmouth buffalo

16

20.5 27.0
Black bullhead 80 5.4 9.8
Black crappie 21 5.8 10.2
Blackside darter* 23    
Bluegill 4 4.5 7.3
Bluntnose minnow* 24    
Bowfin (dogfish) 12 16.5 18.3
Burbot 10 10.5 12.6
Carp 182 20.6 30.1
Channel Catfish 94 19.8 30.7
Common shiner 2 4.5 4.5
Creek chub* 1    
Fathead minnow*

24

   
Golden redhorse 3 9.0 13.6
Golden shiner* 1    
Green sunfish 21 4.5 8.3
Horny head chub 26 5.2 6.3
Hybrid sunfish* 1    
Johnny darter* 4    
Largemouth bass 18 3.7 6.4
Longnose dace* 1    
Northern hogsucker 17 13.3 17.2
Northern pike 22 16.7 22.6
Orange spotted sunfish* 4    
Pumkinseed* 1    
Sand shiner* 38    
Shorthead redhorse 460 13.7 20.7
Silver redhorse 74 18.5 23.5
Smallmouth Bass 32 9.7 17.0  
Spotfin shiner* 30      
Spottail shiner* 1      
Tadpole madtom* 1      
Walleye 12 14.8 19.7
White sucker 107 13.8 17.9
Yellow bullhead* 1    
Yellow perch 4 4.5 5.5
 Total 1,372    
       
Species - trot lines      
Channel catfish 175 21.8 30.5

 * no measurements taken

Updated April 5, 2013