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Any ideas of where to fish near Rochester, MN???

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We are trying to find a cabin on or very near water with good fishing near Rochester. We need to be near Mayo Clinic from Aug.22 to Spet.14. Ideally looking for cabins to rent in that area. Any help greatly appreciated!!

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I don't know definitely about cabins, but here are some ideas:

1) Whitewater state park for trout fishing. There's a campground there, and a private RV campground. You may want to call the park and the nearby RV campground to see if cabins are available. Distance to Mayo is about 30 miles.

2) Near Orinoco, about 20 miles north of Mayo, there's a wide spot in what I think is the Zumbro river. There are campgrounds there and there may be cabins. It's pretty popular for fishing because it's a nice looking spot.

3) There are some carp lakes right near town. There really isn't much good fishing water right at Rochester.

4) South of Rochester, there's the Zumbro, which is reputed to have decent populations of smallmouth, and is accessible some by wading and some by canoe.

If you're going to be near Mayo for extended period there are quite a few efficiencies in town that can be rented by the week or by the month, so there are lots of lodging options right in town.

Most warmwater fishing enthusiasts who live near Rochester go to the Mississippi, which is all the way over near LaCrosse. This is spectacular fishing, however, and if you don't mind the 45 minute drive to Mayo it is something to consider. Can't help you with locating cabins there, however. I don't doubt that something is availble, though.

The other good fishing option is south of Rochester near Lanesboro, which is trout country. The chief lodging options there are campgrounds and bed-and-breakfasts. This too is about 45 minutes from Rochester. Chatfield has trout fishing nearby and is closer to Rochester.

This region is generally farm country, and isn't very popular with tourists.

Hope this helps get you oriented.

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There is a KOA campground in Rochester (marion) that has cabins to rent. There is great trout, smallie and pannie fishing 10 minutes from here and it is about 8 minutes from the clinic. There are plenty of puddles in rochester holding sufficent numbers of panfish and bass. one very close to the clinic (country club manor pits). Good luck i hope all is well with your trip to the clinic. ike

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Dan Thiem

I don't know how near Roch you need to be, but an hour away puts you on the Mississippi. Camp Lacupolis has cabins (noisey trains though) and it's located at the lower end of Lake Pepin. Lake City has some nice motels too. Lake Pepin is just across the street form most of them.

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