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Root River by Stewartville


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I have never fished the Root before, but I was in Stewartville visting the liquor stores after the ones in Roch. closed and I saw the sign for it, and was wondering if there are any good places to fish the river near stewartville. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks

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That particular branch can be an interesting one. Actually there can be some good fishing west of Stewardville in it, but for the most part the fishing will be to the east as it flows towards the Fugles Mill area. If you do a search and can find the Olmsted County Road map on-line, you'll find that this water crosses many roads between Stewartville and Chatfield. Personally I'd get real interested in this stretch of water just to the west of Chatfield and head downstream. Smallies, trout, sauger, waldos....yes, waldos!, can be taken at times from that point and east.

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Tom's right (but when isn't he?). There are some smallies to be caught around Stewartville, and a few surprises to be found on your line from time-to-time. Also, Tom's advice on the East option toward Chatfield is right on track...

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The river runs towards High Forest. Just east of High Forest is a white bridge. Just up stream from the bridge are several pools and river really gets narrow. However there used to be lots of small mouth up there. The best I ever caught in this location is a 21.5" (I know seems like BS for a small as the stream is, but true). There is a gravel road to the west of the white bridge you can drive about a 1/4 mile up and there is a place to part by another small brige, just down from there is a place to fish from shore, walk up stream also. The stream is narrow, but there are fish there. Mainly used mepps spinners and rooster tails when I used to fish there years ago.

Good Luck.

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