The National Trout Center seeks to conserve our natural and cultural heritage of trout and their coldwater environments by engaging the public through education, practice and awareness.
The National Trout Center is located in Preston, Minnesota, which is in the heart of the four state driftless area and home to one of the country’s most remarkable freshwater resources – with over 600 coldwater limestone spring-fed creeks supporting a world-class trout fishery. Several thousand miles of mineral-rich streams weave across the landscape and represent one of the highest concentrations of the rarest forms of freshwater on Earth. These streams support abundant populations of trout, which in turn, attract tens of thousands of anglers to the region each year.
The National Trout Center is a great place for fishermen, families, groups and schools to visit!
Another week has passed and the streams are still very fishable. As of August 9th Mill Creek at the county road 2 bridge in Chatfield is at 65 centimeters of visibility. With western days going on this weekend it might be a bit busy, but Mill Creek is fishable in all forms of trout fishing. As of August 9th Trout Run at buck snort park had over a meter of visibility. This stream is looking very clean and can be fished in any manner of trout fishing. As of August 9th the South Branch of the Root River at the county road 17 bridge was at 75 centimeters of visibility. The Root River is back down to its normal water level and the water is just a little cloudy, but still fishable in all forms of trout fishing.
Join us at the National Trout Center every week until Labor Day for “Fly-Tying Fridays”. Our staff and invited experts will be available to help you tie your first or favorite fly for fishing trout or panfish. Use our tools and materials, or bring your own to create tried-and-true fishing favorites, or, your own secret recipe for fishing in the Driftless Region.