2022 DNR Running Trap Totals

2022 Trap Notes: Knife and French Traps open as of April 11, 2022. The first steelhead captured was on 04/18/22. Clipped stocked fish (CL) reported separately with any remaining Kamloops likely reported under clipped (TBD). Wild steelhead (SH) and presumed coaster brook trout (BT) as noted. We're having trouble keeping up with the river temps and flows given the absurd conditions as of 05/14/22  DATE: 5/06/22 Knife Flow: CFS Avg Temp: °F French River - SH - - CL - - BT - - Total - Knife River - SH - - CL - - BT - - Total - Number Captured 9 10 0 19 Number Captured 145 5 0 150 Total Captured 9 10 0 19 Total Captured 156 5 0 161 DATE: 4/28/22 Knife Flow: CFS Avg Temp: 34.7°F French River  SH  CL  BT   Total Knife River  SH  CL  BT  Total NO REPORT 0 0 0 0 Number Captured 5 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 Total Captured 11 0 0 11 DATE: 4/21/22 Knife Flow: 522 CFS Avg Temp: 33.5°F French River SH CL BT Total Knife River SH CL BT Total NO REPORT 0 0 0 0 Number Capt

May 1st 2022 Update

 Latest North Shore Conditions: SHORE-WIDE BLOWOUT Cripes! There's no way to sugar-coat that and we were just flirting with our first major push of the 2022 season, at least on the Lower Shore. No question there are fish around and have been for a while. They are being caught in the rivers and at the trap, but May 1 flows across the shore are in ludicrous territory. 1800cfs at the Knife, 1580 and climbing at the Baptism, 1400+ at the Arrowhead Brule as of this writing. It's enough to make a steelheader cry but DON'T, one thing we don't need is more water right now! Which is crazy to think given last year's widespread drought, we would have paid cash money for this kind of precipitation. Lower Shore conditions since MNST started tracking on March 5th. Flow values ice-affected or backwater/backflows prior to April 13th and not posted. The charting ends on April 30th immediately before things got crazy but as we said, we were flirting with it: Mid Shore was trying to w

2021 MNST Creel Project Results

  The 2021 report nearly didn't happen. MNST would like to thank those anglers who took the time to submit because those reports provided just enough data to work with. Just one or two fewer submissions to the creel project and MNST would not have had enough data to publish anything meaningful. It was that close, so thank you Reporting Anglers!     Each year, Minnesota Steelheader collects angler-submitted reports of fish caught through our Creel Project page. We’ve transitioned away from kamloop reporting with the cessation of stocking, and are now reporting clipped and un-clipped rainbows as well as presumed coaster brook trout. Catch information is presented in ways we hope provides you with the most accurate picture of Minnesota's annual and long-term North Shore steelhead run behavior. This is not a true scientific creel by definition. We do however incorporate and present as much of the available scientific literature as we can; the difference is that this is do