Our first trip to southeast Minnesota to fish the “driftless” area was a wonderful success. We caught several fish. All wild browns…none of them huge, but they were beautifully colored and loved to fight. We fished the south branch of the Root River, primarily around the Forestville State Park area in Fillmore County.
|Me with a small Minnesota Brown. Average fish was about 9-10 inches with the largest about 12 inches|
The streams were absolutely beautiful. A major spring flood had just crested 10 days before we got there so the stream was still in a transition stage, but the fishing didn’t seem to be impacted too bad.
|Here is Mel "Sasquatch" Freeman fishing the south branch of the Root River|
|This photo is tilted "Who farted"...guess who?|
|Nearby - White Water Creek|
|Me over looking another part of the Root River. Note: the rise rings in stream behind me. Some light sulfurs were hatching...mostly late in the evening.|
Don't go to Minnesota expecting huge trout. The streams in the upper portion of the basins are small and the fish are wild browns. Most of the fish ranged from between 9 to 10 inches. The largest I landed was a 12 incher
|Mel Tying up a batch of Pink Squirrels|
|Great place to start a fishing trip to Minnesota's "Driftless" Area|
|Root River at Historic Forestville, MN.|