*Last updated on: 2/24/21
Current conditions – Water Clarity, Stream Flow
Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)
South Branch Root River (Forestville State Park)
South Branch Root River (Lanesboro & Preston)
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")
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.