Nothing affects trout fishing more than muddy water and again this year the muddy water has been interrupted by short periods of great fishing. When the trout can’t see to feed and there are no hatches except black flies the trout go hungry and sit around just waiting for the water to clear. Once it is clear enough to see 8” or a foot… hang on!
The muddy water is a function of runoff and high water and mostly hits when we have intense rain on already wet ground. Once the runoff comes down the ditches from the fields the water gets muddy quick and it takes 4-5 days to clear enough for the fish to feed. Here is where it is important to look at the recent rainfall maps and watershed maps to look to see where it was dry and where it was washed outs.
This week’s 7-day rainfall map is a great example:
The NW corner of Olmsted County had 2-3 inches of rain, but the SE corner, just 35 miles away had under ½ inch. Rainfall intensity is another factor. In Elba we had 0.75 inches in half an hour; the runoff muddied the stream.
So, once again this week local precipitation is a key and Streams like Rush Creek, Garvin Brook, Pickwick, Gribben and Duschee will be in fine shape.
Fishing Tips: Special Assessable Access
Many trout anglers just need to know where they can park next to a fishing easement and will hike the streams and climb the stream banks. But if you are disabled, very young or vary old and want to fish where do you go?
For years MNDNR has maintained assessable fishing sites in Whitewater State Park, near the Lanesboro Hatchery on Duschee and at the Lanesboro Park and Dam. MNDNR has online maps of where to go if you want to take the garndarents or your little kids
This week I was in Lanesboro and decided to fish for an hour. I went up to Duschee Creek by the Hatchery where I found parking, a nice path and easy stream access in a place that is good fishing. I caught four rainbows in less than an hour.