Fishing reports and lake information for Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, North Dakota and South Dakota
« Fishing Report Board

all trout streams in wi (all postings)

Display: Fishing Reports Only All Postings
Sort posts by date: Descending Ascending
Displaying Posts 1 through 15 of 3,410
go2fish
go2fish
Level: General User
Joined: 9/19/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
6/29/15 9:18 PM CST
Enough - take this to forums, PLEASE. This weekend - Mill Creek and Trout Creek, Iowa Co. Mill pretty murky, Trout not so much. Caught a few 8 - 13 inch browns on spinners in Trout. Caught a fat 14 incher on twitched spoon on Mill. Also on Mill, big old grandma brownie swung and missed twice by a rocky, undercut shoreline. Woulda loved to fight that one and see it up close. Bugs and weeds were hell. Had a blast - hope you all do to. Good luck fishin.

jvog33
See Profile
Profile
Level: General User
Joined: 6/2/2006
Status: Offline
6/29/15 2:01 PM CST
Brush Bundling is fisherman friendly yes but it is much more then that. Trout need cool, moving water. By bundling brush and anchoring it along a stream/river bank you basically are channeling the stream. This causes the same amount of water to flow through a smaller area which in turn creates deeper and cooler water it also increases current. Not to mention the extra hiding places created by all of the branches.

The only way that habitat work hurts trout is it creates a magnet for trout fisherman to flock too. A lot of areas that have improvement are very over fished- which is made clear by the high traffic paths along many streams and rivers.

jvog33
See Profile
Profile
Level: General User
Joined: 6/2/2006
Status: Offline
6/29/15 1:42 PM CST
Have you considered applying for a job with the DNR OR Trout Unlimited? Clearly you have done more research than both groups and you have more education then both groups. I am sure they will be willing to pay up for all of your education and new information. Maybe they can just pay you to be a consultant and you wouldnt even have to work for them?

NEWeyeslayer
NEWeyeslayer
Level: General User
Joined: 12/9/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
6/27/15 4:07 PM CST
Forgot to add.. Stocking and catch and release.. That's probably half the reason they don't stock up here is all the bait fisherman would go in there and wipe them out

NEWeyeslayer
NEWeyeslayer
Level: General User
Joined: 12/9/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
6/27/15 4:00 PM CST
Trout stocking absolutely is the answer In the north.. When it comes to brown trout... I will not name the streams but there are some superb streams Michigan that have been stocked for 30 years... The goal is not to create a self sustaining fishery... The goal is to create fishable populations of fish sustained by stocking... Once again I won't name names but trust me it works.. It works so well that if you ever fish where I do you would understand... Of course it's not Always the answer obviously... But in the case of places like the pike, border Brule, wolf, you need to stock them.. You could create good fishing for sizable Browns by doing so.. Without it you have a chub stream So yes stocking is the answer up north

Capt Quint2
Capt Quint2
Level: General User
Joined: 4/14/2015
Status: Offline
6/27/15 2:30 PM CST
I will add…... There is a stream I fish in Bayfield Co where no stream improvements have been done and zero stocking. Totally native. It's a hike to get back there. The fishing is not what it used to be and the Brook Trout population is way down. I attribute the slow fishing to the low water we have had over the last 20 years (up and down water levels and poor spawning) but the decline in Brook Trout I think are do to the Brown Trout (really browns are an invasive species). Thirty years ago out of 10 trout caught 2 or 3 would be Browns. Over the years this has changed and now out of 10 only 2 or 3 are Brookies. It's very sad! On some streams I think the Browns just naturally push out the Brook Trout. Like I originally said…. I don't no what the answer really is.

Capt Quint2
Capt Quint2
Level: General User
Joined: 4/14/2015
Status: Offline
6/27/15 1:28 PM CST
I don't know what the answer is but I do know for sure stocking is not the answer. Number one the trout stocked are genetically inferior and will not survive or will reproduce genetically inferior offspring and possibly pollute the current native population. This may cause more harm then any so called stream improvement could. I do not want to trout fish in a put and take fishery!

TU money spent for improvement usually revolves around the "fly fisherman" not for the trout. Clearing brush for easy casting. Well I got news for TU….. If they want easy casting go to Montana! This is brushy Wisconsin and clearing brush from a trout stream only improves the fly fisherman's back cast not the habit for trout. I know of a few Central WI streams where TU did this and fishing is now substandard.

I know a stream is Waushara Co where the DNR did stream improvements in 1985. I was fishing there when they were making the improvements. Bank and flow improvements were done. The flow improvements have increased spawning habit but the bank improvements entirely wiped out the native Brook Trout population. At least that's my opinion. I can't remember the last time I caught a brooky in that stretch. The Browns are doing fine though. Over all there really there was no improvement just a waste of money and no more Brook Trout!

MuffStuffin024
MuffStuffin024
Level: General User
Joined: 1/18/2015
Status: Offline
6/27/15 10:38 AM CST
The only thing that trout stream improvement does is make the river fisherman friendly. I would beg to differ with anyone that it actually helps trout populations. Each and every section I have fished before and after improvements now just suck. These same spots you used to catch 40-50 trout in an afternoon. Now days your lucky to get one or two,nor do you see any. If you think these streams are better after the improvements, then you obviously never fished them prior. I would like to say I just had bunch of bad days on the "improved" sections,but that's not the case. There is just a lot less fish in those spots now. However I'm still doing great in the "natural" spots. Go figure.

[This post was last edited on 6/27/15 at 10:45 AM]
NEWeyeslayer
NEWeyeslayer
Level: General User
Joined: 12/9/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
6/27/15 9:49 AM CST
North woods labs: I'm glad you think there is good fishing in the counties you mentioned. The fact is there is not.. The prairie is a joke. The wolf is not what it used to be.. Same story everywhere.. I'm not interested in being able to catch brook trout out of a creek with worms.. The problem is they don't stock those Rivers and they need to..I don't see how anyone can argue with that..

Jvog 33. My info is very accurate.. You didn't give me any counter info to show that.. What the hell do you think trout did before people bundled brush!!!????? I've Seen and fished all kinds of habitat improvement streams and they suck period... I am not going to divulge too much indie because I want harvest mentality people to stay away.. But if you do some research... You will find another northern state close ours that does not bundle brush, they don't dig channels, they leave logs lay and they let beavers do their thing.. They don't try and control nature.. The Brook trout thrive without stocking.. They grow especially fat in those beaver infested systems! They do their part by stocking brown trout to create sustainable fisheries and the fishing is a million times better

jvog33
See Profile
Profile
Level: General User
Joined: 6/2/2006
Status: Offline
6/27/15 9:30 AM CST
Habitat improvement is bad? Beavers are not as bad on streams as people think? Brush bundling is a waste?

Are you simply trying to get a rise out of everyone? Maybe your just another DNR hater?

Your information is very inaccurate.

NorthwoodsLabs
NorthwoodsLabs
Level: General User
Joined: 1/7/2013
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
6/26/15 8:50 PM CST
neweyeslayer: you are right, there is no good trout fishing in lincoln, langlade, forest, and vilas counties. go somewhere else people. stay away!

brookiereleaser
brookiereleaser
Level: General User
Joined: 8/23/2001
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
6/26/15 9:07 AM CST
I disagree with the poster about wasting money on improvements. I think habitat improvements are the main thing that have brought the trout fishery in our state to what it is now and that is in some cases a "destination fishery" for people that want to travel and its also listed in the 50 places to fly fish before you die.

I currently live in vilas county and just before this year I lived in the driftless so I still regularly fish both areas.

The fact of the matter is that northern wisconsin simply does not have the appropriate gradient in many of the streams to have them very trout friendly. Along with the lack of gradient comes environmental change, climate warming, a few years of drought, hard winters, over fishing, over farming etc and there goes your trout habitat.

Even many of the blue ribbon level streams in the UP are TOO warm to fish in the middle of summer because they are not cold water fisheries like we have in the driftless region.

That being said I have caught plenty of brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout in the north woods so far this year but I now concentrate on the upper peninsula because it is just as short of a drive to some of the better streams than some of the wisconsin ones around me.

Last week I got into some pretty consistent nice brown trout fishing mostly dry dropper patterns --- had to downsize the dry to get hit --- tan caddis for some reason was working with a small hatch going on and a flashy little thin bodied nymph was getting the majority of the hits. Some of the best advice I have gotten trout fishing is to carry a thermometer with. There are some streams that not only aren't worth fishing with certain warmer temps but ones that you SHOULDNT fish at a certain point if you hope to revive any of the trout you catch.

NEWeyeslayer
NEWeyeslayer
Level: General User
Joined: 12/9/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
6/26/15 8:57 AM CST
by the way, the best streams in the north have not had any habitat improvement. What ever did the trout do before people started removing logs and digging channels? I see all the pics of people doing brushbundling and stuff and i just think what a waste! If they really want to improve habitat in northern rivers they need to cut some trees on the bank and let them fall in the river.. to recreate the way the streams used to be before it was over-logged. When the DNR switched their management strategy from stocking to trying to "improve" streams 15 years ago or whatever is when things turned south. the northern streams have been in decline ever since

NEWeyeslayer
NEWeyeslayer
Level: General User
Joined: 12/9/2010
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
6/26/15 8:50 AM CST
There is a different way to manage besides either "put & take" and "self sustaining". Look at Michigan.. There management of trout streams is to supplement natural reproduction with stocking in order to have a decent fishery. Most of our nothern rivers cannot sustain natural reproduction alone as a means to a fishery. So instead of "put and take" How about looking at it differently like "put & NOT take" The put and take streams in the north are heavily overfished by guys that dont even get off their 4wheelers. All the habitat improvement in the world wont change that.. Not to mention if you look at any river or stream up here that has had significant habitat work, none of them are good fisheries.. They were at one point but with everyone taking and them not putting you get what you get. Bottom line is this Wisconsin and people are going to use worms and keep trout. You need to have some stocking in order to supplement the fishery. The proof is in the pudding.. Northern Wisconsin trout streams have been in decline while other states with similar climate are doing just fine

fishin"Pole"
fishin
Level: General User
Joined: 12/2/2006
Status: Offline
FISHING REPORT
6/26/15 8:46 AM CST
I don't like to complain but, Some thing should be done about the streams here in Barron co.. I have Lighting creek right next to me and the DNR still list it as a class II stream however. I have not seen or caught so much as a chub or shiner in the last 2 yrs.. The last three times I've tried the upper Yellow river, the same thing! Sad

Displaying Posts 1 through 15 of 3,410


Launch Map Viewer


Remember Me
Setup New Account
Forgot Your Password?
Membership Benefits
Compare Account Types
Please Practice Catch And Release
Lake-Link asks you to please take a moment to visit our fine sponsors:
Custom Jigs & Spins Plano Frabill Chevy Dealers Of Wisconsin Humminbird St. Croix Rods The 60 Second Angler Jerry's Sport Service Hard And Soft Fishing Fenwick Baitmate

Lake-Link.com find us on facebook