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Ya know, I hate to come right out and ask a guy for his favorite piece of water. So let me put it this way: I'm an old retired trout fly and salmon fisher from AK and MT, now living in a fishing shack near Fergus Falls. I will be in the Lanesboro MN area around Sept.12/23 or so. I want to try fishing trout and smallmouth with my flyrod. Can someone point me toward a local information source or even tell me where there are a couple access points. Various accidents have left me with bum hips, steel knees etc. so I move sorta slow and can't climb much. Thanks.

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Jim W

Uncle fatz,
First of all acquire a SE MN trout map. That will give you a ton of designated trout streams. Next, if you want a combination of trout and smallmouth your right smack dab in the middle of things.
The confluence of the South Branch and Main branch of the Root river has both species!!
There are spots in the immediate area where a guy with limited access could fish at with out much for trekking!
You might need to do a little driving around until you find a spot that suits your needs though.
Most places, will require some hiking along the shore. Try where Torkleson Creek dumps into the Root. There is some decent shore line there and a couple nice runs followed by a couple really nice holes!!
Don't forget to ask the locals as well. Let meknow how you do and if you need any more information!!!!!

Good lUck!!!!
Jim W

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DARK30

HEY UNCLE FATZ, WELCOME TO MINNESOTA AND THE FORUM!
YOU MUST KNOW THE OTTER TAIL RIVER THAT RUNS THROUGH FERGUS? WELL THERES SOME FINE SMALLMOUTH FISHING AROUND THERE! TRY DOWN AT ORWELL DAM, ITS EASY TO FISH THE SHORELINE. MY WIFE IS FROM THE FERGUS AREA SO I SPEND ALOT OF TIME FISHING WHEN WE GO UP THERE....THAT CAN BE GOOD AND BAD!

AS FAR AS TROUT IN S.E....LANESBORO HAS LOTS OF SPOTS RIGHT IN AND AROUND TOWN. FROM THE DAM DOWNSTREAM TO THE EAST ITS MORE SMALLMOUTH WITH MIXED TROUT. ALSO THE NEXT TOWN UPSTREAM FROM LANESBORO (PRESTON) OFFERS GREAT IN TOWN FISHING FOR TROUT. I HAVE A CAMPER PARKED AT HIDDEN VALLEY CAMPGROUND THERE ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN ON THE RIVER (GOOD FISHING THERE TOO) GOOD LUCK!

WET NETS!

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Whitewater has some pretty easily accessed areas either right in the park, the South Branch where the campground is, or even the Quincy Bridge area.

If you are interested in hiring a guide, click on my profile and go to my homepage. I know I am available Sept. 13.

Good luck.

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