October 16, 2019:
Welcome Back to the NTC’s The Voice of the Driftless. By Jeffrey S. Broberg
Cold, driving sleet and light snow and drizzling rain marked the end of the SE Minnesota trout fishing season on the 15th. If I was going to recap Driftless trout fishing this year I would say it favored the trout, not the angler. We started the season with good stream conditions but you had to work around some muddied water to find fishable streams. But from June 1 through July 4th, the streams were high and fast. It then rained every other week going into October. On about half of the days this season, the streams were too discolored to fish. The hatches were delayed and the water was high everywhere. Maybe the coming winter C&R season will be better.
From this point forward the water temps will be dropping, the trout will be spawning and most streams will be closed to angling.
From October 16 to January 1 all trout streams in SE MN are closed to all fishing except for the catch and release fishing allowed in trout streams in five towns (Spring Valley Creek in Spring Valley, South Fork Root River in Preston, Mill Creek and North Fork Root River in Chatfield, South Fork Root River in Lanesboro and Rush Creek and the Root River Rushford) and three State Parks.