A couple friends and I were joined by a gentleman from Denmark this morning. Thanks to his generosity, this (picture to the left) is how we ended the morning and it was the highlight of today’s fishing trip. He brought along a couple filets of smoked, Arctic Char from fish that he caught in Iceland. Delicious.
The weather was overcast, cold, and gusty with the temperature around 30-31 all morning. I’ve been out at least a half dozen times since January and this is the first time I fought ice on the guides. By the time we got home at 12:30 there was a 10° jump in temperature and the sky was sunny.
We each caught fish, the winning fly today was a black woolly bugger catching a few fish. Peeking caddis caught another, and a pink squirrel caught a beauty of a brown from underneath a fallen tree. Water was crystal clear, no water temperature taken, no insect activity or surface activity seen. We not only wrapped up the outing with a couple filets of smoked, arctic char, but venison sticks and cold coffee (by default of not bringing the thermos). Wow, it was good.
This rainbow was caught a long distance from where any are stocked – the first rainbow I’ve caught there in years.
Showers, thunderstorms a welcome site to start April, and amounts were healthy but not enough to have a big effect on river/stream levels. Totals compiled by NWS La Crosse. The Stream Conditions page has been updated.
KASSON 0.81 IN 0831 AM 04/02 44.03N/92.73W
MANTORVILLE 1.9 ESE 0.62 IN 0600 AM 04/02 44.05N/92.72W
DODGE CENTER AIRPORT 0.50 IN 0654 AM 04/02 44.02N/92.83W
SPRING VALLEY 3E 0.46 IN 0700 AM 04/02 43.68N/92.33W
FILLMORE 0.41 IN 0830 AM 04/02 43.76N/92.27W
PRESTON 0.38 IN 0815 AM 04/02 43.67N/92.07W
PRESTON FILLMORE COUNTY AIRP 0.37 IN 0655 AM 04/02 43.68N/92.18W
MABEL 0.33 IN 0630 AM 04/02 43.52N/91.76W
SO.FORK ROOT RIVER 0.33 IN 0830 AM 04/02 43.72N/91.98W
LANESBORO 0.32 IN 0700 AM 04/02 43.72N/91.97W
HOUSTON 0.28 IN 0745 AM 04/02 43.77N/91.57W
MOUND PRAIRIE 0.26 IN 0745 AM 04/02 43.78N/91.45W
CALEDONIA 0.21 IN 0700 AM 04/02 43.63N/91.50W
LANSING 0.81 IN 0730 AM 04/02 43.75N/92.95W
DOBBING CR 0.79 IN 0730 AM 04/02 43.67N/92.95W
1 NNE VARCO 0.74 IN 0800 AM 04/02 43.64N/92.97W
TURTLE CREEK 0.67 IN 0730 AM 04/02 43.65N/92.98W
GRAND MEADOW 0.66 IN 0600 AM 04/02 43.71N/92.56W
AUSTIN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 0.55 IN 0656 AM 04/02 43.66N/92.93W
BYRON 0.75 IN 0814 AM 04/02 44.04N/92.64W
ROCHESTER AP 2NE 0.68 IN 0700 AM 04/02 43.93N/92.48W
3 NW ROCHESTER 0.67 IN 0830 AM 04/02 44.05N/92.53W
ELGIN 2SSW 0.65 IN 0700 AM 04/02 44.10N/92.27W
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRP 0.64 IN 0654 AM 04/02 43.91N/92.50W
CASCADE CREEK 0.64 IN 0730 AM 04/02 44.03N/92.47W
1 SSE STEWARTVILLE 0.63 IN 0823 AM 04/02 43.84N/92.48W
ROCHESTER 3W 0.62 IN 0730 AM 04/02 44.02N/92.53W
BYRON 4 NORTH 0.62 IN 0700 AM 04/02 44.09N/92.64W
4 NNW ROCHESTER 0.62 IN 0520 AM 04/02 44.07N/92.49W
ROCHESTER 2.6 NE 0.61 IN 0600 AM 04/02 44.04N/92.44W
3 NE ROCHESTER 0.61 IN 0825 AM 04/02 44.05N/92.45W
4 ESE DOUGLAS 0.61 IN 0823 AM 04/02 44.09N/92.49W
3 ESE DOUGLAS 0.60 IN 0830 AM 04/02 44.08N/92.51W
2 ENE ROCHESTER 0.60 IN 0730 AM 04/02 44.03N/92.42W
BELTLINE-BEAR CREEK 0.59 IN 0730 AM 04/02 44.01N/92.45W
MAYO HELIPAD 0.56 IN 0654 AM 04/02 44.02N/92.48W
2 NE ROCHESTER 0.56 IN 0814 AM 04/02 44.04N/92.44W
ROCHESTER BELTLINE 0.56 IN 0730 AM 04/02 44.01N/92.47W
ORONOCO 1W 0.53 IN 0830 AM 04/02 44.17N/92.55W
ORONOCO 0.52 IN 0830 AM 04/02 44.16N/92.54W
PINE ISLAND 1S 0.45 IN 0600 AM 04/02 44.19N/92.65W
3 S ROCHESTER 0.26 IN 0828 AM 04/02 43.97N/92.48W
ZUMBRO FALLS 3.5 SSW 0.54 IN 0640 AM 04/02 44.24N/92.46W
MAZEPPA 3ESE 0.44 IN 0830 AM 04/02 44.26N/92.49W
LAKE CITY 0.43 IN 0814 AM 04/02 44.45N/92.27W
BEAR VALLEY 0.38 IN 0751 AM 04/02 44.32N/92.44W
WABASHA 0.37 IN 0700 AM 04/02 44.38N/92.05W
ZUMBRO RIVER 0.34 IN 0800 AM 04/02 44.32N/92.00W
MINNESOTA CITY DAM 5 0.58 IN 0700 AM 04/02 44.16N/91.81W
ELBA 0.53 IN 0830 AM 04/02 44.09N/92.03W
STOCKTON 0.1 SSE 0.36 IN 0715 AM 04/02 44.03N/91.77W
WINONA DAM 5A 0.34 IN 0600 AM 04/02 44.09N/91.67W
WHITEWATER RIVER NEAR BEAVER 0.31 IN 0745 AM 04/02 44.15N/92.00W
WINONA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 0.28 IN 0653 AM 04/02 44.08N/91.71W
LA CRESCENT DAM 7 0.20 IN 0600 AM 04/02 43.87N/91.31W
DAKOTA 0.20 IN 0800 AM 04/02 43.91N/91.36W
TREMPEALEAU DAM 6 0.13 IN 0600 AM 04/02 44.00N/91.44W
A rapid turnaround from sub-zero temperatures on March 5th to unseasonably warm weather and near-record warmth beginning March 8th has led to a quick, spring runoff in southeast Minnesota. Waters have been running high and dirty at times, but in a not-so-dramatic fashion. Streams should be clearing nicely going into the weekend of March 14th.
Saturday, March 7th Report:
Fished from 9:30am-12:30pm. Sky was clear, wind in the valley was a non-issue (gusty on the blufftops), temperature started at 32 and was ~38 when we walked out of the valley. There was still plenty of snow on the banks and ice shelves in a few stretches. Fishing was slow, but there was one stretch with ample sunshine + emerging midges that brought fish to the surface. This was a first outing for 3 of us fishing, each caught our first trout of the year on a Griffith’s Gnat (and a couple more to boot). In this particular location, fish were up in the current, actively feeding. Additional fish were caught on an orange scud. In many other stretches that were still shaded, we caught nothing despite our best efforts.
*** FLOOD POTENTIAL HIGHLIGHTS ***
OVERALL...NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED FROM THE FIRST OUTLOOK ISSUED TWO
WEEKS AGO. THE FLOOD POTENTIAL FOR THIS SPRING LOOKS TO BE BELOWNORMAL AS COMPARED TO A TYPICAL YEAR.
THE WIDESPREAD LACK OF WINTER PRECIPITATION HAS CONTINUED...AND
CONTINUES TO BE WELL BELOW WHAT WE MIGHT NORMALLY SEE FOR THIS
TIME OF YEAR. THIS CONTINUES TO POINT TO A VERY LOW LIKELIHOOD OF
ANY SIGNIFICANT OR WIDESPREAD SPRING FLOODING FROM SNOWMELT RUNOFF
AT THIS TIME.
ONE AREA THAT REMAINS SOMEWHAT OF A CONCERN CONTINUES TO BE THE
AMOUNT AND THICKNESS OF ICE IN AREA CREEKS AND RIVERS. THE RECENT
COLD HAS HELPED TO THICKEN THE ICE. WITH WARMER TEMPERATURES EXPECTED
THIS WEEKEND AND THROUGH NEXT WEEK...RUNOFF MAY BE SUFFICIENT TO
RAISE WATER LEVELS ENOUGH TO BREAK THIS ICE UP ON SOME WATERWAYS.
AS THIS OCCURS...ICE JAMS ARE A DEFINITE POSSIBILITY...ESPECIALLY IN
TYPICAL PROBLEM SPOTS SUCH AS NEAR BRIDGES AND OTHER CONSTRICTIONS
IN THE RIVER...OR WHERE THE RIVER MAKES SHARP TURNS OR MEANDERS.
LARGE CHUNKS OF ICE MOVING DOWNSTREAM COULD GET HUNG UP IN THESE
AREAS...LEADING TO JAMS AND POTENTIAL FLOODING. IF ICE FLOES OR
ANY JAMMING IS OBSERVED...BE SURE TO REPORT THIS INFORMATION TO
LOCAL OFFICIALS OR THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
Snow depth, temperature, and water equivalent as of March 5th, 2015:
But, after the 5th coldest February on record in southeast Minnesota, there is hope. Without giving it all away on a silver platter, here’s an outlook on temperatures the next 10 days.
Honestly, hats off (not literally, too cold) to those of you who have found the time and place to fish this winter without losing a digit. It’s a great time of the year to avoid crowds, and even better now that all streams are open for winter trout fishing.