The water temperatures and stream conditions are improving this week. Intense rainfall and thunderstorms covered most of the region on Wednesday but were most intensive north of Zumbrota and west of US 52 leaving most of the streams north of I-90 high and muddy for a few days.
On Thursday the larger streams south of I-90 (North and South Branch of the Root River) got muddy overnight from the runoff and these will take 3-4 days to clear up and be fishable. Smaller streams may be slightly cloudy and the headwater streams looked great.With skies clearing and temperatures rising on Friday through the weekend fishing conditions will be improving continuously until we get another big rain and runoff event.
S. Branch Root River at Caramonia
Middle Branch Whitewater at Quincy
A note from Jeff Broberg, NTC President
I fished Gilmore Creek last Sunday and caught fish even though my hands and water were cold. Fishing reports throughout the week were good but cold temperatures were slowing the action and I did not hear of any major insect hatches yet, but, the early hatches will be coming today through Sunday. Fly anglers are having success with a variety of nymphs and wooly buggers and the spin fishermen and bait anglers are all reporting success.
The best story I heard was from Mark Reisetter, retired Lewiston Area Trout Fishing Guide, who accompanied the Goodview Schools Fishing Club on a trout fishing trip on Thursday morning. 60 KIDS WENT TROUT FISHING! Mark reported that most kids caught fish or saw their buddies catch fish and everyone was excited to kick off the season with such success. Hats off to Winona Public Schools and Goodview Elementary for promoting angling and providing the transportation to get kids out on the streams.
Spring Fishing Tip:
In the spring trout fishing improves dramatically in late morning after the sun rises high enough to warm the water. Old-timers used to tell me that in the spring there was no point to going fishing early in the morning: “You should wait until the cows get up”. Actually, the cows rising is a sign that the insects are starting to bother them. Insect activity is usually a key to trout activity.