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Alright... My trigger fingers gettin itchy and my boat ain't in the best shape at the moment. So I'm stuck on shore. Tried lakes, tried rivers. Not even the carp want anything to do with me. Although I did manage to steal a couple scales off a few as a school of a hundred or more decided they wanted up a little creek with no outlet... None of which were hungry but all of which bumped and swam within 3 feet of my bait... Frustrating.

So this weekend is trout opener in streams. And both licenses are still good till the end of the month.

Question is, does anyone know of a good spot to camp and trout fish? Not looking for anyones secret spot. Just a place for a nice weekend in the tent and maybe to get my girlfriend her first trout. (kind of wondering if the rivers will wash all of her 98 lb frame downriver however... lol)

Was thinking SW mn. I think I camped down there once and fished the Boot river, if thats the right name. Any help would be greatly appreciated. And there will be pics. Even if it's just the ol lady taking a float trip...

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Root River I think is what you mean. Yes, that would be a great place to go. Lots of camping areas and good fishing near Lanesboro.

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Forestville State Park is great. Very pretty, and very good fishing in the park. It's about a half hour or so south of Rochester. There's also other streams nearby if you want to explore outside of the park.

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we are going to camp in lanesbourough. You can fish in the trout ponds and catch a lot,plus the root is right across the street. Some great restraunts within walking distance of the ponds. Also try and creeks all around lansbourough and the neighboring cities. Lots of space available to fish and some nice fish to boot.

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Or you could do the total opposite and head north to st. croix state forest. Lot's of small to medium trout streams...grindstone, tamarack, sand, bear creeks, etc. Fishing isn't as good as the SE streams, but you'll likely have the stream(s) to yourself. I think it's mostly small brook trout, but there's the occasional rainbow and/or brown.

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Whitewater State Park and Beaver Creek State Park are nice as well and offer fishing right in the parks. Elba is a fun town to stop and have a beer at and see what everybody has been catching. The streams at Whitewater will be packed.

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Sure thing. goldglover81 at yahoo dot com. I only know basic info at best, but it's enough to get you started.

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Thanks everyone for the ideas. We decided we're going to head to the forestville forest area and do some camping. check out things in the area. Leaving tomorrow and headed back on monday.

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    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
    • Kettle
      Someone said 4 inches in the past week, more expected this weekend. A few roads, including county roads that are asphalt ended up with sink holes. Lakes are the highest I've ever seen in the 30+ years coming to the area and now living here. Several people lost trees Tues night
    • smurfy
      Dang Kettle  that bites. Great to hear fishing was good though.   How much rain you get up that way?
    • Dash 1
      50 in 6 hours is great. Boat issues really put a damper on a great day though. Hope you get it fixed quickly.  
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