Was out in Columbia county with Bass Abductor, we both had water in our basements that morning after a furious thunderstorm, finally got out fishing 2-8pm. The first creek , a brown trout stream, was muddier than I ever seen it, and trout didnt seem to be able to grab the lure when they struck. So we went to a brookie stream nearby and it was much clearer. Landed around 30 or so trout, mostly brook, and some browns. Lost a lot of fish too. Some 9 to 11 inch brookie and 12 to 13 inch browns was the best we could do. Was a fun day on some beautiful streams!
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66° - 70° F
Trout fishing has been peaceful, scenic and productive.
I did catch a 14 inch brook trout plus a garden variety of browns. No new records, but plenty of action.
I have never seen a bear in Adams County.
I have ran into plenty of them in Bayfield County.
Well there are plenty of bears and wolves in Wisconsin and due to the nature of trout fishing you do tend to see a lot of wildlife. You are moving slowly and quietly if you are doing it right. Often in thick brush and on soft ground. It is a lot like spot stalking for deer.
I have seen more bears walking in the woods while trout fishing than I have doing any kind of hunting. 4 adult bears, 1 of which was a sow with 3 cubs. I have never seen a wolf or cougar while fishing. In each case though the bears wanted nothing to do with me. A couple did not see me and the couple that did headed away. The sow and cubs saw me and just casually walked back the way they came from.
Black Bears can be potentially dangerous but attacks are extremely rare. The same goes for wolves. As for cougars there are a handful of them in the state but the odds of an encounter are very low. Like Virgil said slipping and hurting yourself in a fall is exponentially more likely to happen than an attack by a predator.
A helmet would be a lot more useful than a side arm.
I have a question for those of you who wade fish on central and northern Wisconsin streams. Has anyone here ever had a close/bad/dangerous encounter with bears, wolves or cougars? How likely is this to occur, and do any of you carry protection of some sort with you? Thanks.
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Along with some great trout fishing last weekend around the La Crosse area, I also stumbled across some morels! The morels were starting to get dry do to lack of rain, but maybe with the recent rain more will start popping up. When you're on the stream keep an extra eye out for those dead elms and delicious fungi!