4/3/2015: Cold and Cloudy with a Side of Smoked Char

IMG_6287A 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.

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This rainbow was caught a long distance from where any are stocked – the first rainbow I’ve caught there in years.

4/1/2015-4/2/2015 Rainfall

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.

...SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA...

...DODGE COUNTY...
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        

...FILLMORE COUNTY...
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 COUNTY...
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        

...MOWER COUNTY...
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        

...OLMSTED COUNTY...
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        

...WABASHA COUNTY...
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        

...WINONA COUNTY...
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

Non-dramatic Spring Runoff – Conditions Improving

Stream conditions updated March 11th.

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.

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3/7/2015 Report & Conditions

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.

Spring 2015 Flood Outlook – March 5th Update

(source) – NWS La Crosse

*** 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 BELOW
NORMAL 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:
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Images courtesy National Snow Analysis

Too Cold; Won’t Fish

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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.

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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.