New Year's Day in Southeastern Minnesota marks the beginning of the stream trout catch and release season. I had to get out even though I knew I had to be done fishing by 11:20AM if I was going to make it to my rescheduled family Christmas in time for dinner at 1:00PM. Fishing can be tough on winter mornings but whenever I attempt to accomplish something challenging I always tell myself, "Stranger things have happened".
I was already on my stretch of choice when I saw the sun peaking over the horizon. It was cold out and I was just being reminded about the leak in the right leg of the waders I had on. I figured it would be a good time to check the temperature of the water.
Harbor Freight for five bucks after spending fifty bucks on other stuff. It was one of those deals where if you spent fifty bucks on other stuff you could get the thermometer for five bucks. Unlucky for you the deal is no longer going and it is now 26.99 plus tax. It's nice not having to bend over to take the temperature of the water.
article put out by the Minnesota DNR that, "Fish are most active in water temperatures of 38 degrees and above.". By my calculations I was 1.5 degrees on the side of being S.O.L.
I can't remember if I caught a trout in this spot last summer or not. I can't remember a lot of things these days. I wonder when I caught my last trout.