*Last updated on: 09/17/20
Current conditions – Water Clarity, Stream Flow
South Branch Root River (Forestville State Park)
Slightly Off, Low
Slightly Off, Low
South Branch Root River (Lanesboro)
Slightly Off, Low
Middle Branch Whitewater River (Whitewater State Park)
North Branch Whitewater River
South Branch Whitewater River
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")
September 17, 2020 (Thursday) – Mixed angling reports this past week. Some have had great success and others have had very poor fishing. Stream flows remain low in most locations. Reports of blue-winged olives hatching and a huge flying ant hatch on South Fork Root River off of Deer Rd. Some reports of success on streamers.
September 9, 2020 (Wednesday) – Stream flow is low. Some reports of success with flashy streamers. Also ant fly patterns. Some notable Brown Trout (20 inch plus) caught recently.
August 14, 2020 (Friday) – More Trico spinner falls reported on South Branch Root River, Rush Creek and Winnebago Creek. Be there no later than 9am. Streams are getting low. Grasshoppers crickets and beetles foam flies have been catching fish. Fish the water in the shade.
July 31, 2020 (Friday) – Streams are in great condition! Trico spinner falls reported on South Branch Root River, Winnebago Creek and Rush Creek. Best time to catch that hatch is around 9:30am dependent on air temperature and humidity. Grasshoppers have been seen in several sizes and colors. Crickets as well. We saw a nice green inchworm “hatch” on Duschee several days ago.
July 14, 2020 (Tuesday) – Some rain this morning in Whitewater. Trout Run looked great. Fish while you can…before the next storm.
June 29, 2020 (Monday) – Very little rain this morning and then a little early this afternoon. More rain coming Wednesday and Thursday.
June 18, 2020 (Thursday) – Possible rain showers late this evening. Reports of some very nice trout being caught in some of our streams last weekend with off colored waters. Caddis are here and there.
June 12, 2020 (Friday) – More rains here the past few days. Strip of rain was from about Preston through Lewiston north. Streams are clearing fast. Light Hendricksons observed last week.
May 29, 2020 (Friday) – Rains here the past few days. Houston County streams are mostly clear with normal flows. Should be a great weekend!
May 19, 2020 (Tuesday) – Rain all day this past Sunday however stream seems to have taken it well. The further southeast you go, the less rain we received. It was very dry here before the rain.
May 13, 2020 (Wednesday) – We aren’t sure how the stream conditions could get any better for fishing. Some rain predicted this afternoon and this evening. Southeast MN is very dry though and we do not think the rain will change the stream conditions much. More reports of some caddis hatching. Consider the next wave of hatches and fish imitations that best represent them.
April 30, 2020 (Thursday) – Streams look great after some recent rains several days ago. Caddis can still be found hatching. Trout abundance is at its highest ever recorded in many streams throughout the Driftless.
April 14, 2020 (Tuesday) – Snow fall total are 1-6 inches on Sunday. It is melting very slowly today. Great reports from last week from anglers all over southeast Minnesota. Several Brown Trout between 25-30 inches have already been caught this year. Trout abundance is at its highest ever recorded in many streams throughout the Driftless.
March 19, 2020 (Thursday) – It is raining now. More rain this evening and even some snow tomorrow morning (up to two inches). Stream conditions are great right now but unsure about this weekend. The streams have been coming back into clear or good to fish condition quickly.
March 12, 2020 (Thursday) – We had rain last night. Streams will probably get better as the day goes on. Very overcast today.
February 27, 2020 (Thursday) – Some recent great reports of success on area streams. Nymphs, streamers, swinging wet flies and even some dry fly action. Also we’ve observed a nice number of spin anglers fishing jigs and crank baits. Should be a great weekend!
February 12, 2020 (Wednesday) – Stream are beautiful now! We received an additional 8-10 inches of snow this last Sunday. Midges running around on the snow. Best times to fish are mid-day…noon to maybe 3pm.
January 27, 2020 (Monday) – Good to go! We’ve heard of midges hatching here and there. One report on Garvin Brook and another on Camp Creek. Air temperatures dropping a bit this week but back up for this weekend.
December 27, 2019 (Friday) – Streams are in great condition right now and hoping they stay that way for the January 1 catch-and-release opener. Midges are on our building. Rain this coming Saturday and Sunday.
December 20, 2019 (Friday) – No recent reports as weather has been pretty cold this past week or more. This weekend should be good to go. Watch water temperatures as snow melt will often cool them off. Town and State Park season is open. All other trout streams are closed for angling until January 1, 2020.
December 13, 2019 (Friday) – Anglers catching fish in Lanesboro and Preston in town. Midge and streamer time. One good report from Spring Valley Creek in Spring Valley. Should be a good weekend to fish.
November 22, 2019 (Friday) – Good fishing reports from Lanesboro and Preston in town. Several Brown Trout in the 20-22 inch range have been caught. This should be a good weekend with partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures. Town and State Park season is open. All other trout streams are closed for angling.
November 7, 2019 (Thursday) – State Parks & Town season is open. Maps for those are on the Lanesboro Fisheries webpage. All other trout streams are closed for angling. Stream flows are high. Fish are spawning. Air temperatures down here this morning were single digits.
October 18, 2019 (Friday) – State Parks & Town season is open. Maps for those are on the Lanesboro Fisheries webpage. Fish are heavy and colorful ready to spawn. Please stay off of redds…cleared areas on gravel where they are spawning.
October 11, 2019 (Friday) – More rain. Then snow and sleet. We saw blue-winged olives yesterday on Middle Branch Whitewater with some caddis. Cedar Waxwings were on them. If the sun comes up and warms the grass the grasshoppers become active.
October 4, 2019 (Friday) – Someone turn off the spigot! Saw some blue-winged olives yesterday hatching. Also small grasshoppers in the grass as soon as the sun came out for a minute. Most waters close for angling October 15…two Tuesdays from now.
September 27, 2019 (Friday) – Some rain this morning. More rain coming Sunday. We are seeing some blue-winged olives trapped in spider webs along the stream. Hoppers are around just about everywhere we go. Fish are coloring up nicely for the spawn.
September 19, 2019 (Thursday) – Lanesboro had about 3.5 inches of rain last night. Just south of Harmony received 6.56 inches. Many areas south of I-90 received one or more inches. More rain headed this way. Fillmore County has a flood warning today. Yesterday there was a great little blue-winged olive hatch on South Branch Root River in Forestville State Park.
September 12, 2019 (Thursday) – It has been raining for several days off and on. Reports of some great blue-winged olive hatches during those times. Also pale yellow crane flies and some caddis in between. Raining now and into this evening and tomorrow morning. We are at “full” with the rain now. Unknown what streams will look like for the weekend.
September 5, 2019 (Thursday) – Hoppers hopping! We’ve seen some caddis on stream side vegetation. Cool this weekend with some rain here.
August 30, 2019 (Friday) – We will try to fill in some of the Whitewater system stream conditions when possible. Crystal State Fish Hatchery will no longer have a stream conditions webpage. Hoppers are everywhere…you step over them on your way to the stream. Beautiful weather.
August 22, 2019 (Thursday) – Hoppers are locally abundant. Streams are in dream-like condition. Beautiful weather. Now is the time to fish!
August 16, 2019 (Thursday) – Streams are looking good. Beautiful weather. Grasshoppers are out. So are chiggers (mites). Rain tonight.
August 9, 2019 (Friday) – Streams are looking good. Beautiful weather. Grasshoppers are out.
August 1, 2019 (Thursday) – Streams are in great shape. Beautiful weather. Grasshoppers are now in most spots we’ve observed. Note that a habitat improvement project is being completed immediately downstream of Cty 11 on Trout Run which is making the water muddy at Bid-a-wee’s and Lohman’s during the day while they are working.
July 25, 2019 (Thursday) – Most streams are fishable. We have seen nothing that is muddy. Grasshoppers out in the grass in front of the office and on stream. Should be a great next several days of fishing.
July 22, 2019 (Monday) – Streams are quickly clearing up. Weather is perfect.
July 18, 2019 (Thursday) – Rain here last night and into early morning. Plenty of trout around.
July 10, 2019 (Wednesday) – Rain went through here Tuesday between 3 and 5 pm. Houston County has received the least amount of rain recently. Should be time for terrestrials, streamers and some caddis.
June 28, 2019 (Friday) – Lots of rain here. Some spots received 5-7 inches. Far eastern Winona County and Houston County received less rain.
June 27, 2019 (Thursday) – Rains began at 1pm today covering all of southeast MN. One Salmon Fly adult (stonefly) was seen on our office sidewalk on Monday. No grasshoppers observed yet. Caddis are around. Gnats are still bothersome. Let the humidity begin!
June 17, 2019 (Monday) – We were in Houston County this morning. Great little small black caddis hatch on East Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek Valley State Park. Fish were rising. Gnats were thick!
June 13, 2019 (Thursday) – Stream conditions look great. Gnats are out in force! Reports of some Light Hendrickson’s still around. Several species of caddis have been observed. Streamer fishing has been good.
June 6, 2019 (Thursday) – Stream conditions are not good locally. We have not been down in Houston County recently. Reports of good Light Hendrickson’s hatching on Winnebago and West Beaver this last weekend.
May 30, 2019 (Thursday) – Stream conditions are improving and should continue through the weekend.
May 28, 2019 (Tuesday) – May 28, 2019 (Tuesday) – Rained much of the weekend however we suspect some streams might be fine to the northeast. Rain amounts were between 2.5” to 4”. More rain this afternoon.
May 20, 2019 (Monday) – Rained much of the weekend however we suspect some streams might be fine. Duschee Creek is fishable. In fact, some anglers prefer the OFF water condition. Rain amounts were between 1.25” to 2”. More rain tomorrow.
May 9, 2019 (Thursday) – It’s been cold (mid- to high-40’s) and wet the past 24 hours. The streams seem to be taking the new water just fine but things change quickly here. Caddis were hatching very heavy this past weekend and into Monday/Tuesday.
May 2, 2019 (Thursday) – Reports of Dark Hendrickson around. Several species of caddis have been hatching now intermittently for the past week or so. Blue-winged Olives would be a possibility. Success with streamers.
April 18, 2019 (Thursday) – We’ve had rain but it has only seemed to upset certain watersheds. Blue-winged Olive time. We’ve heard reports of some caddis around. Turkeys gobbling. Grouse drumming. Should be a great weekend to trout fish!
April 12, 2019 (Friday) – Streams seem to be in good condition right now. Any thawing will possibly change that. We have about 2-6 inches of snow on the ground right now. We’ve heard reports of Dark Hendrickson’s hatching very sparsely early this week. Blue-winged olives are out and about as well.
April 1, 2019 (Monday) – Streams are warming up a bit and we’ve seen some Blue-Winged Olive and Black Stonefly hatches. We have maybe 5% or less snow cover over the landscape.
March 28, 2019 (Thursday) – Most streams we’ve seen look great! Reports of some blue-winged olives coming off. Should be a great weekend to fish!
March 22, 2019 (Friday) – Most streams might be fishable in the morning before the day thaw begins. As it thaws as each day progresses the streams become more turbid.
February 14, 2019 (Thursday) – Streams look great! If you have ever considered snow shoeing into your favorite trout spot now would be the time. Reports of some midge hatches the last two weeks.
February 4, 2019 (Monday) – Now streams are flooding. Reports of some great midge hatches this past weekend. Also some winter black stoneflies.
February 1, 2019 (Friday) – Shelf ice. Lots of shelf ice on streams in southeast. The weather should be pretty nice this weekend however finding open water, at least enough to fish, might be difficult.
January 11, 2019 (Friday) – Streams look to be in excellent condition! Great weather this weekend should provide for some great fishing.
December 28, 2018 (Friday) – Frozen ground with rain yesterday caused local stream to go up and turn muddy. We did see some midge adults flying around outside the office. An item of blaze orange clothing is advised as small game season is open. A 2018 special CWD deer hunt is scheduled for the weekend of December 28-30 in the area that includes Forestville State Park, Preston, Lanesboro and Chatfield.
December 12, 2018 (Wednesday) – Some warmer days ahead of us. Look for midge hatches and an opportunity to catch a trout on a dry fly in the winter. We have seen no real shelf ice yet. An item of blaze orange clothing is advised as small game season is open. A 2018 special CWD deer hunt is scheduled for the weekend of December 21-23 and December 28-30 in the area that includes Forestville State Park, Preston, Lanesboro and Chatfield.
November 26, 2018 (Monday) – Trout are being caught in all open sections. No ice has formed yet to cause wading hazards or difficult fishing conditions. It is advised that you wear some blaze orange clothing during this late fall and early winter season.
October 30, 2018 (Tuesday) – Note that there will be a deer firearms season in Forestville State Park and Beaver Creek Valley State Park November 3-4. All are advised to wear blaze orange. In fact, we would suggest you wear blaze orange throughout this fall season. Good hatches of Baetis have been observed on South Branch Root River in Preston the past few days. Fishing midge patterns and Baetis soft hackles has been productive. Productive streamer fishing continues.
October 22, 2018 (Monday) – Trout are spawning. Please stay off of redds. We have seen some caddis hatching last week during our stream assessments. Flows in Forestville State Park are moving. The watershed is full. Whitewater State Park anglers have been having fun with the rainbow trout yearlings. Trout Run is CLOSED until January 1, 2019. We’ve seen anglers at Bucksnort and Troy last week. Conservation Officers have been notified. The Trout Run Creek mentioned in the regulations book (page 26) is in Whitewater State Park.
October 9, 2018 (Tuesday) – Rain has been falling most of yesterday and last night. Stream conditions will worsen as the day goes by. Blue-winged olives noted late last week and there are still grasshoppers active during the warmest times of the day. This won’t last long. Season in southeast MN counties ends October 15.
September 27, 2018 (Thursday) – Conditions are excellent now. It might freeze here Friday night and that will be the end of some/most of the grasshoppers. Some caddis out and about.
September 21, 2018 (Friday) – Lots of rain here. Unknown right now whether there is anything fishable. Even Gribben Creek was muddy last evening. Cold night temperatures may be hitting the grasshopper population hard. Anglers have reported browns in bright colors getting ready for the spawn in another month.
September 13, 2018 (Thursday) – Most streams are ready to fish. Some may be a little off colored but these conditions will clear up through the weekend. Hoppers are still abundant in appropriate habitats. Some reports of Little Blue-Winger Olives coming off during over cast periods.
September 7, 2018 (Friday) – All stream observed recently have been high and muddy. That being said I’m sure there is some water out there to trout fish. Conditions will improve by this weekend.
August 30, 2018 (Thursday) – Most of the recent rains fell in southeast Fillmore County and Houston County. More rain coming tomorrow morning and evening. Bright bluebird sky today!
August 22, 2018 (Wednesday) – Reports of great hopper fishing. We had rain here but not much…at least not enough to make stream muddy. We’ve seen some caddis on the water this past week. Unknown what species.
August 14, 2018 (Tuesday) – Hoppers are out and about. Trico spinner falls on some streams (8-11am; Rush Creek, South Branch Root in Forestville SP). Fishing success reported in the evenings as well.
August 6, 2018 (Monday) – Another great fishing week ahead! Reports of good angling with hoppers and beetles. Some excellent streamer activity as well.
July 27, 2018 (Friday) – You need to be fishing! Great weather, great stream conditions. Grasshoppers. Seems as though the buffalo gnats have subsided a bit. Trico spinner falls on the appropriate water some late mornings.
July 23, 2018 (Monday) – Good stream conditions along with relatively low humidity make for great fishing weather. The buffalo gnats are still pretty bad! Make sure you bring repellant. Grasshoppers are around and trout are eating them.
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).
July 13, 2018 (Friday) – Rain here this morning and intermittent through the day. Headwaters of Duschee is clear. Headwaters of Riceford Creek are clear. Less rain along the Iowa/Minnesota border. Small grasshoppers have been noted on several area streams.
July 10, 2018 (Tuesday) – Streams are clearing. Small grasshoppers have been noted on several area streams.
June 28, 2018 (Thursday) – Stream are clearing but rain expected Saturday. Forestville State Park reports a “mayfly” hatch. Unknown species. Probably good streamer fishing water conditions. Gribben Creek was gin clear this morning.
June 25, 2018 (Monday) – Stream are getting better from Friday’s rain. Good stream conditions are spotty.
June 21, 2018 (Thursday) – Rain! It has been sprinkling here now for 12-15 hours straight. Stream conditions seem to be changing relatively quickly. We almost had some bigger water at the “off” clarity this past Monday. Not the case now. Look to upstream reaches for best water conditions.
June 5, 2018 (Tuesday) – Hatches! We have lots of bugs hatching right now. We’ve seen Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones, Dobson and Fish Flies, Light Hendrickson’s, March Browns, Brown Drakes, several species of caddis, and Blue-Winged Olives. Fishing has been great! Humidity to come up again on Wednesday. There may be some rain this evening.
May 31, 2018 (Thursday) – We’ve had spotty rain showers the past few days. Some streams maybe in great shape while others are not fishable. Reports of Light Hendrickson’s are now coming in with some caddis activity. Humidity has been very high but should drop after Saturday afternoon showers.
May 24, 2018 (Thursday) – Most streams should be good to go. We have had very little rain and that rain has come down in small areas. No Light Hendrickson hatch reports yet but they should be soon.
May 10, 2018 (Thursday) – Some streams are in great condition. More rain tonight and tomorrow. Caddis are still hatching in places.
May 3, 2018 (Thursday) – Good stream conditions are very spotty. More rain tonight. Reports of Dark Hendrickson’s around and caddis are still going strong at least from angling reports.
April 26, 2018 (Thursday) – Caddis have been hatching strong! Reports of Dark Hendrickson’s about. The further east you go, the better the water conditions. This weekend should be great!
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.