I work for a school district where I live managing the auditoriums. I met some folks up north in a city called McGregor and a while back they paid me to visit them and run a bluegrass show for there a class reunion. This provided me the opportunity to fish waters I’ve never seen and alone, an adventure if you will. This is how it went.
I woke the morning after the show, I slept on a mattress in the back of my truck at a wayside rest in Carlton, MN which is 45 min east of McGregor. I had maps and maps. I found a few small streams but they didnt look fishable, less than three feet wide and nothing but 4-5ft tall weeds all around. So I drove.
I stopped first at a section of the Blackhoof River. This is what I saw…
I played around with a stimulator and got strike after strike with this thing but to my puzzlement it was no more than four inches long. I found this everywhere. The water was beautiful and so untouched that I was surprised to not find a fish longer than six inches. The weather was slightly cloudy but nice and warm. I was pleased to find rock rather than mud for a surface to wade in. After hitting this river in four spots I moved on in search of a larger fish. I went to the Nemadji River.
I fished for hours and saw lots of beautiful water and such a green place it was awesome. I did it alone and was pleased that I could prepare myself to visit a place I’ve never been and managed to fish, be safe, and catch fish although very small. The Brook trout was the largest fish I caught and was beautiful. I found out later that the variety of trout tend to not live very long and so were much smaller. I don’t know if this is completely true but I didn’t see anything very big. Had alot of fun and wore myself out. It was beautiful and if I thought I could catch larger fish I would go back in a heartbeat.