The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is a great place to fish!
Clean water and a wide variety of underwater habitats make for outstanding fishing opportunities on the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers. On the Namekagon River upstream of Hayward, Wisconsin, the cold water habitat has received national recognition for the naturally reproducing brown and brook trout fisheries.
Do you know the rules?
Because the St. Croix River is a boundary between Minnesota and Wisconsin for much of its length, anglers need to know where they are fishing to be legal. The state boundary begins approximately 2.5 miles downstream of Riverside Landing. Upstream of this point, the St. Croix flows in Wisconsin. The entire Namekagon River is in Wisconsin.
Anglers must have a copy of the license in possession showing fishing endorsement and dates valid while fishing border waters. Drivers license will not be accepted.
NOTE: When landing a boat, you will be inspected for catch by the state where you are landing. Please take this into consideration when choosing which boat ramp to use.
Do you need the services of a guide?
A number of fishing guides hold permits to operate on the Riverway. The outfitters page lists these guides.
Don't let aquatic invasive species hitch a ride.
Your help is needed to keep the Riverway a premier fishing area. Follow all the steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Never dump or release live bait into the river. The use of live crayfish for bait is prohibited on the Riverway.
Get the lead out!
Lead tackle can be harmful to wildlife and to people, especially kids. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has information about safer alternatives.
Good Practices: Fishing
Last updated: April 1, 2021