As promised in a mid-May posting, streams in the Preston area have finally returned to early summer levels. The Carimona hydrograph below describes the best flow conditions we have had since our late winter runoff. South Branch of the Root River is now flowing at rates comfortable for wading and canoe or kayak fishing. Boaters should remain alert to the possibility of fallen-tree current traps in reaches upriver from Preston. Whenever instream obstacles are encountered, be sure to exit the river until clear passage is available. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nationaltroutcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Carimona-hydrograph-May.pdf” title=”Carimona hydrograph May”]
Transparency of the Root River upstream of Lanesboro continues to improve. Latest readings at Preston (May 24) were greater than 100 cm, our standard for “clear” water, suitable for all styles of fishing from natural baits to dry flies. Crop emergence is still too young to provide erosion protection from major thunderstorms, so choose your fishing destination with due regard to storm tracks (green bar precipitation in the hydrograph) across the region during the week prior to your planned excursion.
The National Trout Center will be posting transparency readings weekly on our website and bulletin board for Preston area streams.