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BigTrucka

Hey all, just moved back to MN where I grew up after living in the PNW for a long while. I became addicted to fishing rivers and streams out there and have started to check out the offerings in the NW section of the state as of yesterday’s opener. Wondering if anyone has experience in this area and can give me some pointers or just tell me if I’m wasting my time since that’s what I’m wondering right now since I didn’t find any signs of fish. I’m using a spinning rod with Mepp’s and Panther Martin style spinners and went through a bunch of color combos. I started yesterday morning at the Clearwater River in western Beltrami County essentially on the border with Clearwater County where the state has some land and a pretty lengthy easement. Probably a well known area. Beautiful area to walk through. Found multiple holes, but yeah no fish at all. I waded for a bit and decided to leave. I went south since I live closer to Moorhead and stopped at Felton Creek. I’ve read a DNR study about this creek having a decreasing population of fish, but it’s still considered a trout stream although not “designated”. I understand the channelization of creeks in this region ruined fish habitat over the last 100 years, but still find some DNR material as of the last 5 years that reference Felton Creek as a spot for trout. Walked the stream for a bit before I left and headed to Lawndale Creek south of Barnesville. I waded through the AMA on the Atherton WMA expecting to find some brook trout since the DNR has stocked it as of at least 2017. Nothing through the entire stretch besides frogs and minnows. Are there actually fish in these places? The Clearwater and Lawndale are designated trout streams. The Clearwater is stocked annually and Lawndale is supposed to have wild brook trout. Anyone have any experience in these spots? Should’ve just drove down MN200 & 71 to the obvious spots in Becker/Hubbard?

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Mike89

welcome and good luck!!   don't know the area so can't help you but others will help ya if they can!!   

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monstermoose78

I fished north central Minnesota and the arrowhead for trout but never the northwest part. Thanks for posting and good luck!!

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BigTrucka

Got out to the portion of the Clearwater west of Pinewood south of Buzzle Lake and east of Clearline Road a couple days ago when it was 64 degrees and sunny. Walked the river upstream through the woods and caught 2 rainbows on gold Panther Martin-style spinners. 1 10-incher and a fatter 8-incher. Had a few other hits. I'll continue to update this thread over the summer as there's practically zero info online about stream trout fishing in this region. I now have some other places to check out for brookies and browns.

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