Boat anglers in this area reported good catches of coho with limits and scattered catches of splake, brown trout and rainbow trout.
May 3, 2023
As flood waters continue to recede in the state’s river systems, state law enforcement and fisheries officials are asking anglers to exercise caution as they get back on the water.
High water for roughly three weeks along the state’s largest river systems – the Mississippi, St. Croix, Minnesota, and others – closed public boat ramps, halted barge traffic, swamped marinas and campgrounds and hiking trails, and deluged restaurants and other establishments that anglers frequent.
On April 14, the Minnesota DNR commissioner, Sarah Strommen, and director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Dave Olfelt, distributed a letter to field staff titled “Forest Management.” The letter was unusual, because it wasn’t on DNR letterhead, and the point of the letter and the reason staff from the divisions of Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, and Ecological and Water Resources received it was not in the letter. Staff likely scratched their heads and asked, “What’s this about?”
Why and how to fish the rivers these days.
A mix of outdoor-related stories from across the country published in the May 5, 2023 edition of Minnesota Outdoor News.