*Last updated on: 6/2/21
Current conditions – Water Clarity, Stream Flow
Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)
South Branch Root River (Forestville State Park)
Slightly Off, Normal
Slightly Off, Normal
South Branch Root River (Lanesboro & Preston)
Middle Branch Whitewater River (Whitewater State Park)
South Fork Root River (Deer Rd)
Wisel Creek (Chickentown)
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")
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.
- 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.