Last updated on: April 19, 2018
Current conditions – Water Clarity, Stream Flow
Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)
S. Br. Root River (Forestville State Park)
Pine Creek (Rush Creek watershed)
South Fork Root River (Million $ Bridge)
South Branch Root River (Preston)
South Branch Root River (Lanesboro)
Whitewater River system
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).
NOTE - State Park & Town Special Regulation Maps (under "Area Highlights")
April 19, 2018 (Thursday) – We now have some snow! Forecasted temperatures seem to imply that the snow will be coming out this weekend. We have some melt today. Most streams will become increasingly turbid as this snow melts. But beautiful weather regardless!
April 12, 2018 (Thursday) – All streams that we have seen are in great condition…clear and at normal flows. We are expecting a 1-2 inch rain tomorrow and obviously this will change things for Saturday’s trout opener. Have a Plan B as there are many options in southeast Minnesota.
April 6, 2018 (Friday) – More reports of Blue-Winged Olives hatching in the afternoon with rising trout. Streams are in great condition.
March 21, 2018 (Wednesday) – Warm days ahead, then some snow this coming Saturday. Air temperatures are freezing at night so melt is slowed.March 13, 2018 (Tuesday) - Streams look good. Everyday we have snow melting but a freeze at night. We will be in a booth at the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo this coming weekend (March 16-18). Please stop by and say Hi!
March 5, 2018 (Monday) - Presentation entitled, "Driftless Trout Resource Management" at the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited meeting this evening was cancelled until March 12th. Please see the Hiawather Trout Unlimited webpage for any additional information.
March 2, 2018 (Friday) - See presentation note immediately below. Snow is mostly gone. Air temperatures freeze at night so snow has been melting relatively slowly. Many streams now are somewhat high and off to muddy. This weekend should be a good time to be outside fishing however you better have a Plan B stream because of water conditions.
February 23, 2018 (Friday) - FYI...Vaughn Snook (Assistant Fisheries Supervisor) will be giving a presentation entitled, "Driftless Trout Resource Management" at the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited meeting Monday March 5th.
February 22, 2018 (Thursday) - Reports of some little black stone flies around mixed in with hatching midges. Fish condition is looking good. They are recuperating from the fall spawn well. Looks like air temperatures in the mid-40's by next week which means snow melt. This weekend may be the weekend to get out and fish.
February 13, 2018 (Tuesday) - Looking good now. Things will change tomorrow with highs above freezing.
February 8, 2018 (Thursday) - Several big browns have already been caught this year. Streams are looking good. Next week should be in the 20's F. Note: Vaughn Snook will be giving a presentation at the Hiawatha TU monthly meeting on March 5 entitled, "Driftless Trout Resource Management".
January 25, 2018 (Thursday) - Duschee Creek came up 5.1 feet in about 2 hours Monday morning after rains. Today you would look at it and not even know that happened. Conditions are good. Should be great weather tomorrow and Saturday for some serious fishing.
January 23, 2018 (Tuesday) - We had rain Monday morning and streams did come up and make a mess in some areas. Levels are now at normal but water clarity early this morning was still off.
January 17, 2018 (Wednesday) - Should be a must-fish weekend! See you on the water!
January 11, 2018 (Thursday) - White out! We have maybe 3-4 inches of snow on the ground now. Cold...pretty cold until the end of next week.
January 8, 2018 (Monday) - All designated trout streams are open now. Streams look great! Midges hatching and walking around on the two inches or so of snow. One report of one blue-winged olive flying upstream on Sunday. Wind should be minimal today. Very cold again this coming weekend. Get out and fish!
January 5, 2018 (Friday) - Shelf ice on many streams now. Camp Creek looked good yesterday though. Looking forward to Sunday (air temps in the 20'sF) and early next week. Late season CWD firearms deer hunt begins here tomorrow (January 5) through January 14. Please wear blaze orange.
- NOAA Precipitation Information
- CoCoRaHS Precipitation Maps - Click Minnesota then your county of interest
- USGS Streamflow data for Southeast Minnesota (Ex. 05383950 for "Root River near Pilot Mound")
- Fall Impacts of Severe Flooding on Trout Populations and Streams in Southeast Minnesota
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.