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!
It was a pretty dry week around the area leaving the streams in good condition for yet another week in the Driftless area. As of August 16th Mill Creek at the county road 2 bridge in Chatfield was at 65 centimeters of water visibility. This stream is fishable in all manners of trout fishing. As of August 16th Trout Run at Bucksnort park was at over a meter of water visibility. This stream is in great condition and is fishable in all forms of trout fishing. As of August 16th The South Branch of the Root River at the county road 17 bridge in Preston was at 80 centimeters of water Visibility. The water level of the Root River looks a little low but nothing unusual for this time of year. The Root River is running pretty clear and is fishable in all manners 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.