August 15 2019:
Welcome Back to the NTC’s The Voice of the Driftless.
This past week most streams cleared. It is time to go trout fishing!
Cooler temps and no significant rain for the last week has improved stream conditions and brought back some caddis and tricho hatches. Fishing is great!
Here is the stream gauge from the Middle Branch Whitewater. The stream is low, stable and clear with the trout concentrated in the deep holes and fast water.
Some of the larger streams are still muddy. I visited the Main Branch Whitewater near Beaver and the water is off, but fishable. The same is true with the South Branch Root in Lanesboro. All stream are improving and it is a good time to float the larger rivers and find the spots where few people fish.
New Easements and New Public Land
The Benefits of Minnesota’s Legacy Funds.
Nine years ago Minnesotans voted to dedicate 3/8 of 1% of our State Sales Tax to Legacy Funding with the money dedicated to outdoor recreation, parks and trails, water and the arts. The details are on the web: https://www.legacy.mn.gov/about-funds
The Legacy Amendment increases the state sales tax by three-eighths of one percent beginning on July 1, 2009 and continuing until 2034. The additional sales tax revenue is distributed into four funds as follows: 33 percent to the clean water fund; 33 percent to the outdoor heritage fund; 19.75 percent to the arts and cultural heritage fund; and 14.25 percent to the parks and trails fund.
The Four Funds last year received and spent $344 Million. Since 2010 almst $3 Billion have gone to Legacy Projects across the state. Every page has links to the projects that have been funded
Outdoor Heritage Fund: https://www.lsohc.leg.mn/
Clean Water Fund: https://www.legacy.mn.gov/clean-water-fund
Parks and Trails Fund: https://www.legacy.mn.gov/parks-trails-fund
Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund: https://www.legacy.mn.gov/arts-cultural-heritage-fund
For trout fishing interests the Outdoor Heritage Fund, Clean Water Fund and Parks and Trails Funds are all having real impact.
For a great interactive map go to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Page at: https://www.lsohc.leg.mn/
Click on the map in the lower left and take a look at the projects funded in your favorite part of Minnesota.
The accomplishments are amazing and you can go see the benefits in every corner of Minnesota.
As stated earlier the smaller streams are looking great for fishing, while the larger rivers are only looking decent. In Chatfield at Mill Creek there reading was at a great 80cm today which will be great for fishing! In town at Camp Creek the level was at 100+cm which is amazing so I would try to get there! But then at the Root in town here it was only at 45cm of transparency which is decent for fishing, but definitely not like the others. If you’re able to get out there this weekend definitely get out to the smaller streams as they are a lot more clear! Good luck and have a great weekend!