Fished it this morning. My goal today was to fish seven potential access points that I thought might be good. I used Google Earth to select the locations in the stream that were closest to the road, and used my GPS to get there by car.
Belle Creek Potential Acess Point #1
GPS: 44o 30' 18.32"N, 92o 45' 0.88W
The first location was where the river crosses Hwy 19. I saw signs posted with "No Tresspassing". Moved on.
Belle Creek Access Point #2
GPS: 44°32'2.57"N, 92°44'10.30"W
Then I went into the Town of Vasa and drove north on 7 and, stopped at the my second potential access point. The where the stream crosses 7 (bridge just south of Belle Creek Way). I fished the east side of the bridge. It was about 9 am. Nothing was surface feeding so I practiced nymph fishing. Caught a one pound Brown using a #12 Bead Head Prince Nymph. The fish was caught in one of the darker holes. (Hey, I'm not going to tell you which hole - you'll have to find it yourself!) It seemed that a TU and/or DNR had spent some time and money on this stream. It seemed like the rocks and holes were created by humans. I spent 3 hours fishing this area. Good Casting, good Terrain and some wadeable areas for crossing even with hip waders (or even knee boots).
Belle Creek Access Point #3 & #4
GPS: 44°32'19.49"N, 92°44'8.12"W and 44°32'36.17"N, 92°43'39.13"W
The next two areas I must have just drove by. I guess my GPS was just poweriung up as I drove by them. The third access point was suppose to be where the stream come close to 7 just south of Sunset Trail and the fouth access point where 7 goes north. This is like only 2000 feet north of 7 from Access Point #2.
Belle Creek Access Point #5 - Old Bridge
GPS: 44°32'49.62"N, 92°43'31.21"W
The 5th Potential Access point I am now calling the Old Wooden Walk Bridge. There is good off road parking that my PT Cruiser was able to navagate. There was another car parked there but no sign of anyone fishing. I fished under the bridge and then moved downstream. I saw a school of fingerlings. It seemed that my line kept scaring them but they wouldn't leave the area. I finaly caught one and it was a Carp fingerling. Probably a Carp came up from the Cannon River and spawned near by.
Belle Creek Access Point #6
GPS: 44°33'11.23"N, 92°42'42.06"W
Two spots I selected were on the Cannon Valley Trail bike path. One spot was where the path crossed the river and the other was the Belle Creek Mouth at the Cannon River. I was too tired, hungry and it was getting hot to hike down the Path to cover this location.
Belle Creek Mouth at Cannon River
This too required a hike and I decided to attempt this some other day. I figued if I wasn't going to hike down the trail to #6 I wasn't going to continue hiking the 1/2+ mile all the way to the mouth.
There is some good spots in the stream with access.Good for fly casting. I'm sure as the folage greens up and the bank grass grows for the summer the casting might be more difficult. If I'm in the area again, I would try Belle Creek again.
It is about an hour drive from where I live in Rosemount MN. I really don't know when I'll be back since there are some closer trout streams to where I live. Hey, I rather spend my time fishing then driving. So I try to stay close to home.
Note to self: Next time I fish in this area, bring sunscreen, lunch, more water and coffee.