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Root River - South Park - Minnesota

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Warmest part of day #20-#24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
February Midges Warmest part of day #20-#24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
March Blue Winged Olives Afternoon #18-#20 Comparadun, WD-40
Little Black Caddis Late Afternoon #18-#20 Elk Hair Caddis
April Hendricksons & Red Quills Afternoon #12-#14 Hendrickson Parachute, Red Quill
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon #18-#20 Comparadun, WD-40
May Sulphurs Late Afternoon to Dusk #16-#18 Sulphur Parachute
Caddis Late Afternoon to Dusk #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis
March Browns Afternoon #10-#12 March Brown Sparkle Dun
June Green Drakes Evening #10-#12 Green Drake Cripple
Light Cahills Evening #14-#16 Light Cahill Dry Fly
July Tricos Morning #20-#24 Trico Spinner
Terrestrials Mid Morning to Afternoon #10-#14 Hopper Patterns, Ants, Beetles
August Tricos Morning #20-#24 Trico Spinner
Terrestrials Mid Morning to Afternoon #10-#14 Hopper Patterns, Ants, Beetles
September Blue Winged Olives Late Afternoon to Dusk #18-#22 Comparadun, WD-40
Terrestrials Mid Morning to Afternoon #10-#14 Hopper Patterns, Ants, Beetles
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon to Dusk #18-#22 Comparadun, WD-40
Caddis Late Afternoon to Dusk #14-#18 Elk Hair Caddis
November Midges Warmest part of day #20-#24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
December Midges Warmest part of day #20-#24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Fly fishing enthusiasts will find numerous ideal places along the Root River – South Park. Some of these locations include:

  • Quarry Hill Nature Center: Located just off the North Branch, Quarry Hill offers a variety of options for fly fishing due to its rich fish population.
  • Soldiers Field Park: The portion of the river that runs through this park is a popular spot known for its deep pools and runs, making it perfect for fly fishing.
  • Gamehaven Scout Reservation: This area offers something more tranquil and is also known for having a good diversity of fish species.
  • Rochester Golf & Country Club: While access may be restricted, those able to fish here will find a section of the river that is particularly suitable for fly fishing.
Remember: Always check local fishing regulations and ensure that you have the necessary fishing licenses.

Best Access Points

The Root River – South Park offers numerous access points particularly favorable for fly fishing:

  • Dam No. 4 Woods: Provides an excellent stretch for trout fishing and is a popular spot among locals.
  • Lincoln Park: This area allows for easy access to the river, making it excellent for novice anglers. The slow, deep pool here is a hotspot for brown and rainbow trout.
  • Horlick Dam: A significant number of steelheads, coho, and chinook salmon can be found here during Fall and Spring.
  • Island Park: This stretch of the river, with plenty of vegetation, offers ideal conditions for trout.
  • Quarry Lake Park: An all-around great spot for fishing, this park also features amenities such as restrooms and picnic areas.
  • Washington Park: Home to several species of gamefish, it features swift currents and plenty of cover.

Local Fish

  • Trout
    • Brown Trout: Known for putting up a good fight, making it a popular target for anglers.
    • Rainbow Trout: Drawn to the fast, clear water in the area.
    • Brook Trout: These fish love the cold, clear water found in the Root River.
  • Salmon
    • Chinook Salmon: Also known as “king salmon” due to their large size.
    • Coho Salmon: A more agile species, making them a fun challenge for fly fishing.
  • Northern Pike: These larger fish thrive in deeper parts of the river.
  • Smallmouth Bass: They’re attracted to the river’s rocky habitats.

About The River

The Root River meandering through South Park presents a breathtaking snapshot of mother nature’s beauty. This river brims with history and stunning landscapes! Dating back to Native American times, the Root River served as a hub for fishing and transportation. It received its name from the Native American word “Chippecotton“, meaning ‘River with many roots’.

  • The river stretches an impressive 80 miles, winding through scenic Wisconsin landscapes before ushering its outflows into Lake Michigan.
  • South Park is a noted feature along the river, serving as a recreational hotspot for locals and tourists.
  • The park’s mature trees offer shade and shelter, while the river provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and, in the right conditions, even rafting!

Visiting the Root River- South Park is like stepping into a historical painting. The vibrant wildlife, pulsing waters and lush surroundings provide an engaging journey into nature’s splendor and our shared historical past.

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