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First time trout fishing for me down here any advice or tip will be great.



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Fish early with this heat. Probably best to avoid the main branch of the root, as the water temps on most area streams have been high. The cooler the water, the better.

Fish shorter tributaries, and you will likely find active fish.The fish will be spooky, so approach slowly, and keep your profile down. Try to avoid casting a shadow over the pools. That's a sure way to spook the fish.

Stop at the Lanesboro DNR hatcheries office and pick yourself up a Southern Minnesota Trout Stream book which will show you regulations and easements. Pay close attention to where you're at as regulations vary from stream to stream.

Bait and lure wise, I'd drive down highway 16 to Preston and talk to Kurt at Kurts Bait Shop. It's located on the west side of town, right off of HWY 52. If you are down there and haven't gotten yourself the map booklet yet, stop over to the Preston tourism booth.

One last thing... watch out for wild parsnip. It's best to wear pants and a long sleeved shirt to avoid it.


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I can't really add much to what ted said. Hit smaller spring-fed streams, as the water will be colder there, and watch out for wild parsnip.

Here is the DNR's trout stream map and index for SE Minnesota--that should help you find some smaller streams where the trout will be more active: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/trout_streams/south_mn_maps.html

If you want to pick up some lures before you get down here, get a few silver and black Mepps-type in-line spinners in 1/16 and 1/8 sizes, or there abouts.

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1/8 ounce black rooster tails, if those don't work, try white or chartruese.....throw a chartruses jig and 3" black grub under any over hanging limestone bluff ......if the water is turbid, try orange jig head

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Can you pick and eat the wild parsnip?

You want to avoid it like the plague. If you get it on you and then the sun hits your skin, you get really nasty blisters. Really nasty.

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