Fished a couple of Iowa county trout streams on Sunday. I caught 8 browns in which none were larger than 13 inches a brook trout and a Tiger Trout.
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When you bought your inland waters trout stamp, I hope you asked for the trout book. I buy my stamp at Fleet Farm and am amazed every year as I never get the trout book unless I ask for it.
The book will show maps of trout streams for each county. Use these maps but then go to a WI county atlas to find the stream you picked out. The county atlas will show the cross roads and hopefully with some work driving around, you will find some parking areas near the bridges that intersect these sections of trout stream.
Some of the streams I fish have parking at the bridge sites for 1-3 cars. Others have large parking lots on DNR land for access that are marked as "public hunting and fishing grounds".
The DNR website should show something on this also. Some old WI atlas and gazeteer books also show trout stream listings on some of WI counties and where to park.
If you are new to using a fly rod, definitely pick out some larger streams/rivers to fish that have some width. There may be closer streams to Milwaukee but just wanted to mention the Rush river on the west side of the state. Pierce county? It has some big pools and many fly fishermen use it. Lots of access points for that stream from North of town of El Paso down to where it flows into the Mississippi. Word of warning if you go there, if we have any rain that river can really get as dark as a cup of coffee. Be sure not to make the drive if we had recent rains. The stream can be off-colored for days afterwards. MIghty busy there on weekends. Week days best if you can fish at that time.
Thank you very much for your response I will research. I don't know what a roll cast is but I will also research that hahah. The only fish I keep are perch/crappie up north. Did you find your spots by just looking at a map and driving to them? Or is there a book I can get?
If you arent interested in keeping any, focus on the no kill streams. Usually they are some better fishing. If not, you will have to do some scouting. I doubt anyone will tell you a specfic stream. Work on your roll cast, most of the streams in wisconsin are pretty tight quarters. Good luck
I have been fly fishing for a couple years, but have only done it for bass and panfish mostly off my boat. I recently bought my dad a fly fishing rod for his birthday and would love to take him to try it out in a stream. I live near Milwaukee and I would appreciate if anyone could give me an idea of a stream to go to. I don't need a really good spot that you catch all your fish just somewhere where me and my dad could access with some waders. I have no idea how to even begin looking for streams I have only ever fished inland lakes up north. Any help would be appreciated for this begginner.
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Looking for some help! I've really been trying to get into trout fishing(streams and rivers), but it's hard to find places. I live in the Green Bay Area, and am willing to drive preferably within an hour or so. I've found some limited success in Oconto county, but I'm wondering if anyone has any pointers or suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated
In response to salmonking101 and wini,
SalmonKing: Don't let "trouter's" post fool you into thinking that all fisherman only fish for harvest. I think it's safe to say that is not the majority. Before ppl get up in arms here, let me say I do not judge anyone for keeping fish, however the mindset as posted below to "not fish early season because you cannot keep fish yet" is a headscratcher to me... Possibly he was referring to the fact that he does not want to accidentally deeply hook and injure trout before they can be legally kept in season?
Wini: I know exactly which stream you are referring to and I also could not believe that rule change but yes you are correct. Let's hope it doesn't destroy the great fishing it was!
I hope you all enjoy this trout season for the beauty these fish and this sport have to offer us and not just for the meat that will fill freezers. By all means take a couple home with you the grill in tinfoil, but don't let that be the only motive that drives you to pursue these spectacular specimens.
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Just a question: How many of you cpr? From most of the commente all I see is people fishing to keep or in the case of the post a few down people are not fishing because they can't keep yet. ??????. Im all for keeping a few once in awhile within the regs of course but I dont get why anyone would keep the big guys from their favorite water. Taking the biggest smartest (best genes) doesnt seem to be the best. Where I live now keeping a fish will get you bashed and no one will ever help again with spots or info... maybe thats why we catch so many 20+ inch fish and even break 30 inches from time to time.
Have fished a steam in SW Wisconsin for years on opening day. Always concerned with regulations and making sure I am legal. Years ago, this stream required fish to be over 12 inches. Then changed to under 12 inches. Now it looks like any size, but no Brook trout may be kept. I understand that they are trying to encourage more trout fishing in that area, but all these changes make me nervous that I am reading the regs correctly.