Turbulent weather this week across the midwest put SE Minnesota in a thunderstorm track that produced cold, gusty and sustained winds in mid-week. Streams swollen with runoff from last weekend peaked at about 4 times
normal May flows and remained off-color at mid-week, although flows had subsided by half by late Thursday. The South Branch of the Root River at Carimona, after responding to nearly 2 inches of rain since last week, was down to 400 Cubic Feet per Second (cfs) late today and should continue to drop through the weekend. Conditions for drift fishing by canoe or kayak remain good on the South Branch of the Root, but high on the North Branch from Chatfield to Lanesboro. The Minnesota DNR reports Whitewater River conditions ranging from muddy to clear at normal stream flows.
Fishing has been good on the South Branch of the Root River. Browns and rainbows are eagerly taking spinners and plugs. Small light brown caddis, while not numerous, are creating some dry fly action. Nymphs and wet flies, especially slump-busters and wooly buggers are producing some good fish.
A bonus this past week has been an abundance of morels and other mushrooms. The cooler weather seems to have extended the mushroom gathering season. Weather for the coming weekend is forecast to be mid-sixties to low seventies, just right for outdoor adventure.