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DARK30

heyo,
WELL I'M NEW ON THIS MACHINE BUT I,M
CATCHIN ON ! SAY IS ANYBODY DOIN THAT
WINTER CATCH N RELEASE TROUT FISHING
THING DOWN THERE? I SPEND A FAIR AMT
OF TIME ON THE ROOT IN THE REGULAR
SEASON GOING ON 20 YEARS I GUESS AND
I CAN SEE HOW A RIVER CAN CHANGE!(GOOD
AND BAD) ANYWAY,I HAVN'T TRIED THE COLD
WEATHER END OF IT -- JUST WONDERING.
COME ON APRIL!!!!

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DARK30

Checkout the message boards at the Minnesota Trout Unlimited Web site. There are a number of very knowledgable angler that read and post there regularly. Here's the address ...
http://www.mntu.org/

I've been meaning to give the winter trout season a whirl myself, but I just haven't been able to get the hard water fishing out of my blood ! Come April though, I'll be ready. Good Luck ! Tight Lines !

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Jim W

Yes indeed, winter wading!!

The last several years with the warmer temps and all, I have spent some time wading for trout. You will run into frozen lines, fingers etc., but at times, the bite can be incredible.
One of the places that I discovered a steady winter bite is the "Main Branch" of the Whitewater river. You WILL be alone(not to say that fishing anywhere else in the winter has it's moments of solitude)!
Just North of Elba there is a very nice set of runs and pools, try them first. Might take some exploring, but once you get back in there there is a sense of wilderness and peace! With not much snow here in January, foot travel should be fair!
If your spin fishing, I recommend the white or silver 1/8 oz rooster tail. If your fly fishing, your best bet would be a nymph or wet fly presentation.
Along with JL's suggestion, you can find out which streams are designated winter trout streams in your regs booklet.
Welcome to the Forum Gentlemen!! "The more the merryer"!!!! I hope this gave some insight DARK30! Keep the rods a bendin' Jim W!!!!

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J.A.Say.Tree

Hey DARK30,

Great to have another fisherman to chat about the SE corner of Minn. Welcome aboard! Trout fishing in the winter can be extremely rewarding if you go on the right day. I highly recommend picking one when the temp is above 32 degrees, especially when fly fishing. It can be done below freezing temps, but it's just pretty uncomfortable and a "pain in the eyes." I have some super days catching, but they're all great when you can be trout fishing in January!!!

Good Luck!

J.A.

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DARK30

HEYO!

THE KIDS ARE ASLEEP! OK NOW WHEN I THINK
ABOUT IT,I GUESS I'VE BEEN FISHIN IN SOME
PRETTY COLD DAMP SITUATIONS IN MID-APRIL!
I REMEMBER ONE TIME IT STARTED SNOWING ON
SATURDAY (OPENER) AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON THE
CAMPGROUND WAS EMPTY EXCEPT ONE BESIDES ME.
I HAD MON-TUES OFF AND SUNDAY EVENING (WITH
SNOWCOVER)I GOT TWO DANDYS RIGHT AT DARK
AND ANOTHER NICE 19 IN THE MORNING! THOSE
FISH HAD BEEN WALKED ALL OVER FOR ALMOST
TWO DAYS. ALL IT TOOK WAS FOR THINGS TO
QUIET DOWN. I LOVE THE FEELING OF A NICE
WARM CAMPER AND A FIRE PIT TO SIT BY AND
LISTEN TO THE OWLS AT NIGHT! LOVE THOSE
BLUFFS!
JL,THANKS FOR THE TIP ON T.U. LOOKS GOOD!
I,M NOT TOO FAMILIAR WITH THE WHITEWATER
AREA JIM BUT SOMETIME! AND J.A. THANKS FOR
THE WARM WELCOME!
DARK 30
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