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Crawlerman

MN Stream Trout opener-- metro/surrounding area?

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Hey all. I'm thinking on getting into the trout thing this year. I have a fly rod (which I know not how to use) and a nice lil 5'5" light action "trout" rod. I have some rooster tails and small spoons in my panfish box that would be ideal for trout. Slip bobbers/earthworms I'd also use. Now the question is where. I was thinking of doing Wis on the Kinnie, but I found out that doesn't start till WAY late, the whole point of doing Trout is having something different for a few weeks to fish for before the boat is ready. Where is a good place to start within relative proxitmity to the South East metro? Any of those streams in Farmington have anything in them?

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check out the MN DNR trout stream guide on there web site.
you might be dissapointed when you do go trout fishing for the first time it takes most people a couple years just to get the casting in tight quarters. I would use the spinnig rod with very small spinners rooster tails are kind of big for most of the trout we have left( unless you no a private land owner)try meps 0 or 1 with very light line.(i use 1 pound diamiter line almost inviseble.

a good stream to try would be hay creek in red wing very good numbers of trout and easy acess.

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if you want to keep some i suggest taking the 9 to 10 inches anything bigger in my opinion sould go back.

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Hey Crawlerman,

If you are new to trout fishing you should look into getting the In-fishermen video called Stream Trout Techtics. Great video! They show you ever you need to know about how to catch trout and lots of them.

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If I don't say so myself, attending the 3rd Annual Trout Day wouldn't hurt either!!
That won't cost you dime one!

Jim W

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Jim-- I'm defiantly gonna try to make it.. though I have plans that day for something else. I may be able to sneak it in as it's mostly in the AM. I'll see.. but yes, I would definatly be trying to come otherwise. Dunno.. the rooster tails I have are pretty small.. and there is no way I'm using 1 lb test. If there too finiky I'll just use worms, crickets, or corn.

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Crawlerman,
A couple of other different baits you could use are:
Wax worms, I use two on one hook.
Nightcrawlers, I only use part of one, about an inch.
With these I hook them on a small hook with a small split shot, just enough to let the current float your bait down stream slowly.

KSW

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Crawlerman,

Don't let the ultra ultra light philosophy scare you. TO be honest, I use 6lb XL! I have had way too many nice trout and stream smallmouth break off my 4 pound. I guess what I am trying to say is you don't need to go so light and small for trout. Plus when using spinners, 4lb and less might get backlashed a tad sooner than others!

SPin fishing is not flyfishing, keep the smallish stuff for the long rod!

Crane fly larvae is typically a great SPring bait as well! Not too many trout can resist these juicy morsels!!!!!!

Jim W

Think castability, durability, and forage native to the waters your fishing!

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Jim-- yeah.. that was what I was planning on using.. altough I guess I could try 6lb Flourcarb if the fish were very finicky; though it's a pain to work with. I think I have the basics of tackle down from what I've been reading.. I'm just looking for Location. Too bad Lake-trout season opens later in the year; I'd love to go toss some spinners into Holland right now and see what I could ctach.

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WATERWORMS is THE BAIT to use in the early season period if you are "bait-fishing"! wink.gif

Ask any bait-fishing veteran trout fisherman..they'll inform you on this "Golden Rule" of bait-fishing for trout.

Personally, I use the fly-rod and wet-fly fishem. A gold-ribbed hare's ear works wonders down there! grin.gif

Best of luck!

"LUND-MAN"

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Heh. ok.. I think I have enough tips and such for what to use.. now does anyone have suggestions on where to go, relativley close to the cities?

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Hay Creek in Red Wing would be a great place to start.
It's less then a hour drive from the cities and is a great trout stream.

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