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4/27 - Winona County Options
EddieRivard
#1 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2013 2:53:12 AM
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I traveled to Winona County yesterday with my friend Nick where we fished Trout Valley Creek in the morning and met up with some friends to fish South Fork of the Whitewater in the afternoon.
Trout Valley Creek is predominantly if not exclusively a Brook Trout stream and we were able to catch a few of them. They seemed to be hanging out on the bottom of the slowest and deepest parts of the stream.
Brown Trout were caught on the South Fork of the Whitewater exclusively on streamers. I couldn't catch one by dead drifting nympths to save my life and surface activity was basically non existent.
A good day had by all. As the Terminator would say, "I'll be back".

Lower reaches of Trout Valley Creek during the early morning. This section should have been called Silt Valley Creek.


A nicer section of Trout Valley Creek


South Fork of the Whitewater River near Altura MN. Jamisins Bar in Altura is a good place to stop for pizza.


This is what is known as a, "Cluster". Fishing with friends is always a good time.










I hope you enjoyed my post.
Mark Dahlquist
#2 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2013 3:07:17 AM
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Great report. Thanks for sharing the stream. I've yet to fish it and its the first post about it I've scene online. Did you see the regulations?

Quote:
Special regulation for these streams is: 12-inch minimum size for brook trout, bag limit of 1 (artificial lures or flies only).


http://www.dnr.state.mn....ns/fishing/trout_se.html
-Mark
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EddieRivard
#3 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2013 3:14:01 AM
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The regulations were the reason why we visited that stream in the first place hoping to lock into some decent sized Brook Trout. I have fished many streams without special regulations where the average sized Brook Trout is bigger than the ones we caught in this stream which makes me wonder if the regulations are producing the desired effect. I totally forgot to check for Gill Lice and for that I am sorry.
donjuan
#4 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2013 5:09:52 AM
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Great pictures, and cool that you explored some new water.
Mark Dahlquist
#5 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2013 11:21:47 AM
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Unless impaired and low numbers the regulation makes sense seeing as how it is part of WW valley meaning it has the potential for high traffic. Sounds like any other average brook trout stream? Average sized brooks and plenty of them? Did you fish the easement as well?
-Mark
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EddieRivard
#6 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2013 1:30:47 PM
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Mark Dahlquist wrote:
Did you fish the easement as well?


We did fish the easement section. These photos were taken while fishing the easement.




You can see my line running across the bottom right corner of this photo. I had to jump in on the other side to retrieve my fly off of a log that I had errantly casted into. Less than a minute after climbing out of the muddied water Nick was able to entice Brookies to bite with his black bugger. Gotta love Brookies!



William Schlafer
#7 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2013 1:31:33 PM
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Great report Eddie. Love those action shots casting.

-Bill
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