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Greetings. I am going to get into fly fishing myself here very soon. I have watched quite a few videos on youtube and read some articles. I also want to thank the other members here who posted "beginner" threads. I enjoyed reading them and learned some good things. I am planning on targeting panfish and bass and would like to get some trout. I am planning on a 5 or 6 wgt rod and have decided to go with a Cabelas branded set up. MOstly because I have other Cabelas branded fishing gear and really like them.

What brings me to this posting is, where can I find a trout stream. I am in Mankato. I have looked at the MN DNR site and notice most of them are in the SE corner. I also see on the map that there are some closer than that. I also have the MNtrax card for my GPS. DOes that card have trout stream on them. I would assume that the trout streams are a busy place. BUt with my job I would more than liekly be fishing midweek during the day. Thank you for you input

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Unless you plan on driving over to the SE portion of the state a lot, I'd stick with the 6 wt and focus your efforts on Bass, Pike, Panfish, and Carp. All of those are present in good numbers in your area and can provide just as much fun. Trout streams in your area are limited to Seven mile, and a few unnamed spring creeks that flow into the Minnesota. However, I drove past all of the unnamed streams, and didn't see any signs. Also placed a call to the dnr, and it didn't sound as if they were stocked. Probably find some good creek chub fishing in those streams though! Seven mile I would see trout once in a while in. Not sure if they stocked this year or not. I would place a call to the Lanesboro DNR to see if they can provide you some information on it. Might be worth checking out since it's mostly public land for that creek.

If that's not going to work, you'll need to plan a road trip over to the SE. It's worth it, I promise.

Here is the link to all the trout stream maps in the southern 1/2 of Minnesota: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/trout_streams/south_mn_maps.html

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