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Life of Riley  
#1 Posted : Thursday, September 6, 2018 6:03:28 AM(UTC)
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When do the brown trout in the MN driftless region spawn? I know this is a wide ranging question based on weather, water temp, photo period etc. I'm just looking for a general time frame. Do I have to worry about avoiding stepping on the trout beds when I'm fishing? What are the general ethics for fishing during this time?

As always, thanks for the info on all the questions I've been having.

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shebs  
#2 Posted : Thursday, September 6, 2018 2:39:07 PM(UTC)
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Usually after the October close date. You actually need to be more worried about redds if you fish early season after the January C&R opener.
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JGF  
#3 Posted : Thursday, September 6, 2018 6:27:59 PM(UTC)
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Most Brown Trout will spawn later than people think. Deer Season is probably around the peak of their spawn though they'll start staging earlier than that. Keep an eye on things in October but November will be the bulk of the Brown Trout spawn. Brookies go at it a bit earlier but really not that much earlier obviously as they sometimes make Tiger Trout.

Shebs is right that the early season is probably when the redds are most vulnerable.
trapper  
#4 Posted : Friday, September 7, 2018 12:43:50 AM(UTC)
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Many years ago a female Brown hung around below the suspension bridge at wfsc. She was 25 inches at least.
Seen her many times watering my dog.
She spawned just below Avalanche bridge during deer season.
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