Lanesboro area



Southeast MN Stream Conditions

Last updated on:

Thursday - December 14, 2017


Current conditions - Water Clarity, Stream Flow

Forestville Creek (Forestville State Park)

Normal, Clear

S. Br. Root River (Forestville State Park)

Normal, Clear

Pine Creek (Rush Creek watershed)


South Fork Root River (Million $ Bridge)


Trout Run


South Branch Root River (Preston)

Normal, Clear

South Branch Root River (Lanesboro)

Normal, Clear

Duschee Creek


North Branch Whitewater River (Carley State Park)


Mill Creek (Chatfield)

Normal, Slightly Off

Camp Creek


Whitewater River system

Crystal Springs Hatchery

Fishing Report

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).

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")

December 14, 2017 (Thursday) - Still good to go!  Ice is developing on some streams.  Anglers "disappeared" after last cold front.

December 8, 2017 (Friday) - Good to go!

December 4, 2017 (Monday) - Carley State Park is NOT open for angling now.  It will open January 1st, 2018.  Trout Run through Saratoga, Troy and Bucksnort is NOT open for angling now.  It too will open January 1st, 2018.  Both of these streams closed for any angling on October 16th, 2017.  We received some reports of good midging activity this past weekend.  Here comes the snow!

December 1, 2017 (Friday) - This might be our last weekend we can enjoy fishing without ice in our guides.  Lots of good reports from all of the limited areas that are open for angling now.  There will be a late CWD firearms deer season in our area coming up on January 6-14...just FYI.

November 16, 2017 (Thursday) - Note that Whitewater State Park is closed for their firearms deer hunt this weekend (November 18 and 19).  You will not be allowed in the park unless you are deer hunting and have the appropriate license.  No exceptions.

November 13, 2017 (Monday) - Some "insane" midges hatches reported on Sunday.  Fish rising and caught on midge adults, pupae and larvae patterns.  Whitewater State Park is closed November 18 & 19 for their special deer hunt.

November 3, 2017 (Friday) - Firearms Deer Season is this weekend (November 4 and 5) in Forestvile State Park.  Firearms Deer Season in Whitewater State Park will be November 18 and 19.

November 2, 2017 (Thursday) - Looking good to go.  Trout are colored up.

October 31, 2017 (Tuesday) - Nothing scary here!  Streams are in great condition and trout are spawning.  We've seen midges hatching here and there.

October 23, 2017 (Monday) - See above link ("State Park & Town Special Regulation Maps") for the maps of all the designated trout streams that are open from October 16 to December 31.

October 12, 2017 (Thursday) - Reports of some very good Baetis spinner falls early in the afternoon.  Some fall caddis out and about. 

October 9, 2017 (Monday) - Some streams are not fishable...but most we've seen are definitely good to go.  Grasshoppers were out even this morning along stream banks.  New signs have been posted for the Town and State Parks Catch-and-Release season October 16 to December 31. 

October 6, 2017 (Friday) - Rain is forecast this afternoon.  Grasshoppers noted on an area stream yesterday.  Streams are good to go now (Friday morning).  Fish are coloring up and a few redds have been observed.

October 2, 2017 (Monday) - New State Park & Town Special Regulation Maps are available at above link.  Blue-winged olives reported hatching all weekend.

September 29, 2017 (Friday) - Every day we've been in the field we have seen blue-winged olives and some caddis on the water.  Grasshoppers have been abundant at each field area we've observed.  Crickets as well.  We have yet to be bothered by gnats but I'm sure they are still around on the bigger water.  Trout are colored up and very healthy going into the spawn here soon. Beautiful time to fish!

September 21, 2017 (Thursday) - Great stream conditions!  But hot and humid weather!  Gnats are an issue.  Bring appropriate bug sprays that don't eat the coatings on fishing line and fly line.  Blue-winged olives are out when overcast.

September 15, 2017 (Friday) - Boom or bust angling reports.  Blue-winged olives are hatching here and there.  Hoppers are around.  Some caddis hatching as well.  Most insect activity seems to be in late evening.  Trout are coloring up for the spawn.  Aquatic vegetation is beginning to senesce (die/deteriorate) and CAN cause low oxygen levels in the mornings thus making trout relatively inactive at that time.  The rest of 2017 in southeast Minnesota trout streams will be catch-and-release. 

September 8, 2017 (Friday) - Mixed angling reports.  The weather is great!  Streams are in great shape!  Fish are in the best condition they will be in all year...just before spawn.  Beetles, still hoppers, some caddis activity.  Great time to be outside!

August 31, 2017 (Thursday) - Weather is holding on.  All the water we've seen in the last few days has been beautiful.  Reports of nymphing success.  Also Ephoron sp. (large white mayfly) emerging on smallmouth bass/brown trout type water.  Hoppers have been in most meadow areas we've seen.  The last of the Rainbow Trout yearlings are out and stocked.

August 23, 2017 (Wednesday) - is so nice!  Streams are clear.  Reports back from Winnebago state that foam hoppers were the ticket.  See BIG NOTE above if you haven't already.

August 21, 2017 (Monday) - Rain coming this evening.  We will try and update here as we can.  You are welcome to call number above and ask.

August 17, 2017 (Thursday) - Rain.  Rained hard yesterday late afternoon here. More Trico reports in Forestville State Park on South Branch Root River.

August 8, 2017 (Tuesday) - See above BIG NOTE please. Reports of nice Trico spinner falls in Forestville State Park.  Also some White Fly hatches (Ephoron spp. Mayfly) on warmwater streams.

August 1, 2017 (Tuesday) - Reports of some evening hatches...caddis and some BWO (Blue-winged Olive) types.

July 28, 2017 (Friday) - Lots of opportunities!  Rush Creek and Pine Creek may still be muddy but unknown at this time.  Everything else looks good to fish.  Reports of Trico spinner falls on South Branch Root in the late morning.  We would suspect that these are also taking place on Rush Creek (muddy?).  Hoppers and crickets around.  Heard reports of good beetle pattern success.

July 20, 2017 (Thursday) - Rain yesterday late afternoon!  Mostly north of us in Lanesboro.

July 19, 2017 (Wednesday) - Tricos reported at Forestville State Park!

July 13, 2017 (Thursday) - Remember that there is a habitat improvement project going on in Preston on the South Branch Root River.  Water clarity conditions downstream will change as they complete their work.  Reports of midges and small dry flies being successful.  Also foam hoppers, beetles, etc.  It is also smallmouth bass time...actually well into smallmouth bass time.

July 7, 2017 (Friday) - Streams are clearing but cows like to cool off in stream during the hot days making some waters a little off colored.  Have a Plan B.  We have seen hoppers on some streams in southeast.

June 30, 2017 (Friday) - Looks like we have some clear water to the south!  Streams with headwaters in our southern management area seem to be good to go.

June 29, 2017 (Thursday) - Muddy. Rain last night. Nothing fishable that we have seen.  More rain coming.

June 22, 2017 (Thursday) - Yesterday (June 21, 2017) was an all day field day.  Crooked Creek and Winnebago Creek were gin clear.  Pine Creek was high and muddy but there were four anglers (?). Wisel Creek was very off and somewhat high.  South Fork Root River at upstream end downstream of WMA was gin clear.  Mill Creek was off and somewhat high but very fishable.  Trout Run was muddy and high.  Camp Creek and the South Branch Root through Preston were in great shape...clear and normal flows.  It has now rained since yesterday and Thursday afternoon so the conditions above are not known.

June 19, 2017 (Monday) - Less rain in the South Branch Root River headwaters, Forestville Creek and Canfield Creek watersheds.

June 15, 2017 (Thursday) - Few reports and little stream time for us this week as we have been attending to the Lanesboro Fishing Days (handicapped and seniors).  Streams were up and off to muddy earlier this week with a few in clear condition.  We assume conditions have improved but have not seen it ourselves.  If we know more tomorrow we will post.

June 13, 2017 (Tuesday) - More rain last night.  Streams have changed some to off colored and high.

June 12, 2017 (Monday) - Some rain this way but very localized.  The further south you go, the less rain has affected stream conditions.  Reports of small Baetis hatching with some caddis.

June 9, 2017 (Friday) - Reports of Light Hendrickson's still around.  Some caddis here and there. 

June 6, 2017 (Tuesday) - Light Hendrickson's, March Browns, craneflies, etc.  Great week to fish!

June 2, 2017 (Friday) - Streams are looking better this morning.  More rain possible early this Saturday morning and then again in the late afternoon.

June 1, 2017 (Thursday) - Some reports of Light Hendrickson's during mid-afternoon earlier this week.  Dry fly and streamer success has been reported.  Have a "Plan B" for fishing...your first spot may be unfishable due to water conditions.

May 18, 2017 (Thursday) - Strange weather patterns and rain fall make for stream conditions that are great in one watershed but not good in the watershed right over the hill.  Some of our streams are gin if nothing has happened. More rain coming Saturday.

May 17, 2017 (Wednesday) - Most of the rain was south in Iowa and through the Whitewater watershed.  Many streams were in great condition yesterday as well south of Whitewater.

May 12, 2017 (Friday) - More good! Streams look good to go for this weekend.  We've seen caddis each day in the field this week though nothing really heavy.  Midges are around as well.  We've heard success from numerous fly anglers using soft hackles, bead head nymphs of all varieties, and some streamers.  Trout are looking up and attractor dries are working as well.

May 3, 2017 (Wednesday) - Things are looking good here!  Caddis out and about.  Should be a great week and weekend.

April 27, 2017 (Thursday) - got cold and we have seen some snow flakes!  No snow on the ground though.  Caddis may have shut off for a bit.  Maybe streamer time?

April 20, 2017 (Thursday) - Rain...we had lots of rain last night.  Use the NOAA link below to find the area with the least amount of rain if you are going out.  Looks like Lanesboro received just under 1 inch last night as is the case with most of Fillmore County.  Same with Houston County. Olmsted County even more...up to almost 2 inches near Eyota.  Parts of Winona County around 2 inches. Reports of caddis earlier this week on some streams. 

April 13, 2017 (Thursday) - Lookin' good!

April 12, 2017 (Wednesday) - It has cooled off some this week.  No new reports of hatches.  Blue-winged Olives should be around and you may find some Dark Hendrickson's.  We've heard rumors of caddis as well...but just rumors.  Rain this evening may change things a bit but it hopefully will not be enough to make fishing difficult.  Trout harvest opener is this Saturday, April 15th.

April 7, 2017 (Friday) - Reports of Dark Hendrickson emerging from this past weekend.  Stream rocks are covered in Hendrickson nymphs on some parts of the South Fork Root River.  We have also been seeing blue-winged olives and numerous midges every day.  Some have reported excellent streamer fishing as well.

March 31, 2017 (Friday) - Streams appear to be only marginally affected by this past rain.  We would imagine that most streams are waiting for you to fish them with maybe some discoloration to the water.  Many reports of some great Blue-Winged Olive (BWO) activity.  Success with BWO emergers and soft hackle with some dry fly action.  Dark Hendrickson's next!

March 21, 2017 (Tuesday) - Some reports of blue-winged olives out and about.  Also some midges hatching with dry fly activity.  Rain coming this Friday and weekend.  No to very little snow on the ground here now.

February 22, 2017 (Wednesday) - Looks like we are mostly muddy down here.  I have not heard any good water condition reports but I bet you could find some fishable water before the snow storm comes on Friday.  Some streams are looking better than yesterday...maybe fishable this afternoon?

February 13, 2017 (Monday) - Blue-winged olives seen on Trout Run.  Fish rising to midge adults and pupa.

February 10, 2017 (Friday) - Stream conditions may change!  You may have to have a Plan B if you come down this weekend.  Streams with smaller watersheds would of course have better water condtions than those in larger watershed.  Streams are in excellent shape right now!

February 9, 2017 (Thursday) - Streams look to be in great shape.  Warm(er) temperatures tomorrow and this weekend!

January 30, 2017 (Monday) - Trout were caught this past weekend.  Midges, scuds...the normal fly patterns.

January 18, 2017 (Wednesday) - Duschee has been getting a little off colored today.  You can see about 3 ft down into the hatchery bridge pool.  Plenty of rainbow trout out there!  Shelf ice (surface ice on stream edges usually in slower deeper pools) was developing last week but probably gone now on many streams this week.  Do not walk on shelf ice!

January 9, 2017 (Monday) - Note that the CWD deer hunt is ongoing.  See below for maps of the area hunt. Streams are in great shape.  No reports of midges hatching but its been pretty cold.  Please note that the new maps for the "Town and State Park Catch-and-Release Trout Season" are up here.  The first opportunity to take advantage of this new trout season will be October 16, 2017.  First big brown of the year caught in southeast MN on January 1st...29 inch male!

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…

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.