Southeast Minnesota stream conditions

*Last updated on: June 21, 2022

Current conditions – Water Clarity, Stream Flow

Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)

Normal, Clear

Mill Creek

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Canfield Creek

Normal, Clear

South Branch Root River (Forestville State Park))

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Trout Run

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Gribben Creek

Normal, Clear

Duschee Creek

Normal, Clear

South Fork Root River (Deer Rd)

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Wisel Creek

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South Branch Whitewater River

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Fishing Report

June 21, 2022 – Great stream conditions now.  Numerous hatches of assorted mayflies and caddis reported.

June 15, 2022 – Because of some intense rain events the past few days, stream conditions are not known.  We will try and update this page as we can and have time.  Search “rain totals map” to find recent rainfall totals in each area.  Even with the region wide rainfall there is always relatively clear water to trout fish in southeast Minnesota.  Target headwaters of streams for the clearest water conditions.

May 12, 2022 (Thursday) – Caddis hatches have been going full blast.  We are probably past the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch on some streams, but many other species will hatch soon.  The colder the water, the later the hatch for the species.  Light Hendrickson’s in another week or two.

April 22, 2022 (Friday) – Rain here today.  Everything was clear yesterday.  Unknown today except for above. Little Gray Caddis hatch has begun!

April 13, 2022 (Wednesday) – A big storm moved through southeast Minnesota last night.  Because of how dry it’s been, most of the rain seemed to soak right in with little to no runoff. Some streams are low and clear while the condition of others will be changing daily as the rain flows through the system.  Blue-winged Olives have been observed hatching on area streams on overcast days.  Anglers have also reported some caddis around.  Trout harvest opener begins April 16 in southeast Minnesota so area streams will be the busiest they will be all year.

March 17, 2022 (Thursday) – Freezing at night and thaw during the day make for the possibility of constantly changing water conditions. We have maybe 10% snow cover overall depending on whether you are in the stream valley, back in the woods or up top.

March 7, 2022 (Monday) – Because of the changing weather conditions from freezing to thawing, stream water quality is constantly changing. Late this week it looks like weather should remain in freezing and therefore stream conditions will improve.  When stream conditions are good this time of year, angling is some of the best it can be all year. Adult Little Black Stoneflies have been observed running around on the snow.

February 28, 2022 (Monday) – The snow is slowly melting and stream conditions will most likely change within the next couple of days.

January 3, 2022 (Monday) – All trout streams in southeast Minnesota are now open for catch-and-release angling. There is snow on the ground here but not enough to make walking too difficult.  There has been no recent melting or rain here so we would assume the streams above and others are also clear and normal flows.

November 29, 2021 (Monday) – Streams are gin clear.  Trout are at the end of their spawning. Note that only the sections of streams in the “Town and Parks” season are open (catch-and-release).  Maps for those are on the Lanesboro Fisheries Office webpage under the resources tab.  For best trout fishing success think about water temperatures.  Now that temperatures are cold, where in the open sections of streams is the water temperature the warmest relative to elsewhere in that stretch of stream?  Those are the areas are where you will find the most trout actively feeding.

November 1, 2021 (Monday) – Streams are gin clear.  Trout are spawning. Note that only the sections of streams in the “Town and Parks” season are open (catch-and-release).  Maps for those are on the Lanesboro Fisheries Office webpage under the resources tab.

September 23, 2021 (Thursday) – Streams are looking great!  Rains seem to muddy the waters for just a day or two now.  Fall caddis and hoppers are out.  Some redds observed. Most streams close for angling October 15.

August 30, 2021 (Monday) – Heavy rains last Friday and Saturday.  Streams are responding very quickly and most are back to a clear and normal flow condition.

August 27, 2021 (Friday) – Rain! We would suggest you use a rain totals map to follow the heavy rains here. Water is still running off this morning. Conditions may go back to “great” very quickly. Hoppers, crickets, small nymph droppers.

July 29, 2021 (Thursday) – We had some rain on Tuesday/Wednesday though we are still in a moderate drought.  We are seeing grasshoppers and crickets everywhere we go.

July 23, 2021 (Friday) – We are still in a moderate drought.  The best angling strategy is to fish headwaters and/or check stream temperature before you start fishing.  When water temperatures are on the high side for an extended period of time (high 60’s F) the trout fishing becomes slow because trout are stressed or have moved to colder spring water.  That being said, there are very few streams that are in that poor condition now.

Small and large grasshoppers have been observed in some grassy areas.  Trico spinner falls are beginning.

Our office is open for you to stop and ask questions and pick up a new Trout Stream Fishing Opportunities booklet.

July 12, 2021 (Monday) – Great stream conditions and weather the past few days.  Fishing has been good!

Small grasshoppers have been observed in some areas.  Also some caddis in the stream side vegetation.

New Trout Angling Opportunities booklet 2021 are available at Whitewater State Park, Forestville State Park or Beaver Creek Valley State Park.  They are also available to pick up at our office.  DNR Information Center has them as well (1-888-646-6367, [email protected]).

June 28, 2021 (Monday) – Though many streams south of I-90 are muddy, we believe they will clear quickly.  Many of the mud puddles created by the rains on Saturday were gone within several hours.

We’ve noticed small grasshoppers in the stream side vegetation on some waters.  There seems to always be a few caddis around as well.

New Trout Angling Opportunities booklet 2021 are available at Whitewater State Park, Forestville State Park or Beaver Creek Valley State Park.  They are also available to pick up at our office.  DNR Information Center has them as well (1-888-646-6367, [email protected]).

June 2, 2021 (Wednesday) – Streams are behaving great.  Mostly clear or just slightly off water clarity after the rains late last week. Lt Hendrickson’s, Little Yellow Stones, Blue-winged Olives, and scattered caddis reported.

New Trout Angling Opportunities booklet 2021 are available at Whitewater State Park, Forestville State Park or Beaver Creek Valley State Park.  They are also available to pick up at our office.  DNR Information Center has them as well (1-888-646-6367, [email protected]).

May 24, 2021 (Tuesday) – New Trout Angling Opportunities booklet 2021 are available at Whitewater State Park, Forestville State Park or Beaver Creek Valley State Park. They are also available to pick up at our office. DNR Information Center has them as well (1-888-646-6367, [email protected]).

We have received a bunch of rain but in many spots it was simply taken in with little overland flow to cause stream condition issues. Creel clerks are out and about surveying anglers while they fish in certain locations. They also have Trout Angling Opportunities booklets to hand out.

May 3, 2021 (Monday) – New Trout Angling Opportunities booklet is here!  Stop at Whitewater State Park, Forestville State Park or Beaver Creek Valley State Park for a copy.  They are also available to pick up at our office.  DNR Information Center has them as well.

Stream condition remain mostly excellent throughout southeast Minnesota.  Caddis still coming off here and there. Trout are looking very heavy and colorful.

April 13, 2021 (Tuesday) – Stream condition remain excellent throughout southeast Minnesota.  We’ve witnessed several caddis hatches with small crane flies and midges while electrofishing.  Trout populations are looking really good!

Please note the new DNR TroutFinder webpage

We are hopeful the new Trout Angling Opportunities booklet will be here soon.  We will comment here when they are available.  You will eventually be able to pick them up at Whitewater State Park, Forestville State Park, DNR Lanesboro Fisheries Office and DNR Lake City Fisheries Office.

March 18, 2021 (Thursday) – Rain this next week. Stream conditions are great right now. We have about 4-8 inches of snow on the ground and it is slowly melting each day. Freezing conditions each night but that will change soon.

February 24, 2021 (Wednesday) – The water we’ve seen this week has been gin clear.  Deep pools are bright turquoise.  Young-of-the-Year Brown Trout production from surveys last spring and fall were average to very high.  Some streams had above average numbers of Brown Trout >12 inches.  This should be a great year for trout fishing!  Anglers have reported seeing Little Black Stoneflies on the snow along with the midges. 

January 26, 2021 (Tuesday) – There has been some great weather the past few weeks for angling. Shelf ice is minimal along many streams relative to past years but be careful. We’ve received some reports of nice midge hatches. There was a nice bunch of midges on Duschee Creek here last week. More snow coming soon. Streams are easily walked now with 4-6 inches of snow along the bank. Deep nymphing and slow streamer presentations seem to be productive.

January 6, 2021 (Wednesday) – All designated trout streams in the eight counties in southeast Minnesota are now open for catch-and-release angling.  Please refer to the Minnesota fishing regulations booklet for specifics or call/email the office.   We have recently seen midges running around on the few inches of snow we have. Trout sipping them in slower currents.  Forecasts for the next week or so seem to be in the mid- to high-20’s with no or little snow forecast.  It should be a perfect time to ply the waters. 



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.
(507-467-2442)