Current conditions – Water Clarity, Stream Flow
|Off, Slightly High|
South Branch Root River (Lanesboro & Preston)
South Fork Root River (Deer Road)
South Branch Root River (Forestville State Park)
North Branch Whitewater River
South Branch Whitewater River
April 25, 2023 (Tuesday) – Conditions are improving from rains last week. Lots of great water is available that is clear with normal flows. Some caddis coming off today.
April 20, 2023 – Big storms through here last night and more rain today. Snow is gone except in just a few spots. We’ve seen several species of caddis, little black stoneflies, and blue-winged olives out on the streams this week. There should be clearer water somewhere here and in the next day or so.
March 28, 2023 – We have very little snow left on the ground. Some rain coming at the end of this week. Reports of some great Blue-winged Olive hatches with some Winter Black Stoneflies as well. This is one of the easiest times of the year to catch trout and get around the trout streams.
March 1, 2023 – We have several inches of snow on the ground, with rain this past Monday and a little this morning. Some areas received more than one inch of rain. This is the time for winter stonefly hatches…keep a lookout. Some turbidity may help the fishing but watch water temperatures. Groundwater/spring temperatures are 48F. Anything near this is better than closer to 32F for angling.
February 9, 2023 – Now would be the time if you like a nice midge hatch. It seems they are hatching for an hour and then done. Great stream conditions.
Jan. 3, 2023 – Snow and rain in southeast Minnesota today. Driving conditions are not good. Streams may become discolored later with runoff.
- 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 attempts 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 soon as possible. 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, one of us has been to Camp Creek on the date reported and observed the condition.
If you need further information, you are welcome to call our office.