Mississippi River - Brainerd to Elk River, Minnesota Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Kip Veith
Fly Fishing Map of Mississippi River, MN
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Mississippi River - Brainerd to Elk River, Minnesota Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Water is low so look to the drops and deeper holding water. Spawn is in different phases depending on where you are fishing. The warmer weather is getting things going. Please leave spawning fish be so they can make more.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 8 / 2020
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Mississippi River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Kip Vieth

Water flow: 3200cfs

Visibility: 22 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Heat of the day

Best stretch: Brianerd to Elk River

Best access point: Any landing in that best stretch

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Fish species: Smallmouth Bass/Muskies

Fishing season: May 11th till end of Febuary

Nearest airport: Minneapolis/St. Paul International

Techniques & Tips

Always start with the beloved top water and work from there. The fish seem to be holding n deeper water adjacent to shallow flats.

7-Day Forecast

Fish a settling in to their summer spots. The river is as good as it can be for this time of year. The recent rains might bump it up a bit but it shouldn't be anything drastic. Be Safe also!


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