June 28, 2019:
Welcome Back to the NTC’s The Voice of the Driftless.
ALERT: FLASH FLOODING
Yesterday’s glowing fishing report is cancelled for SE Olmsted and NW Fillmore counties. 4-7” of rain overnight has caused dramatic flash flooding in the South Branch Whitewater, Trout Run and the Root River, If you are going trout fishing this weekend pay attention to the map below.
June 29, 2019:
Welcome Back to the NTC’s The Voice of the Driftless. The fishing outlook has changed greatly. All local trout streams are now muddy, unfishable, and unsafe to approach. Our optimistic forecast of two days ago anticipated great stream conditions and good fishing. Putting the lie to our forecast was a rapidly moving storm front that dropped much more rain than anticipated.
The hydrograph below shows the response of the South Branch of the Root River below Forestville State Park just after the thunderstorms.
The result of this, sadly, is a stream flow three times greater than before the storms, with water clarity reminiscent of chocolate milk. We are unlikely to see fishable water again until after the Fourth of July holiday.
As part of our earlier, over-optimistic fishing forecast, we recommended that fly fishers pick up a copy of the hatch chart for aquatic insects in SE Minnesota. That recommendation still stands, and we encourage visitors to the National Trout Center to pick up a free copy of the chart (below) for future use.
Hatch Chart for Southeast Mn Trout Streams:
Vaughn Snook of the Minnesota DNR in Lanesboro has compiled and published this great SE Mn Hatch Chart that can be found on line here: https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/lanesboro/se_mn_hatches_080405.pdf
If you want to get a look at what these bugs look like I recommend the Website TroutNut.com here: http://www.troutnut.com/topic/8714/HELP-Problems-matching-the-Hatch