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tradrboy
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5/26/14 2:26 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Another great weekend in the driftless region. Hit some old streams and some new streams.

Crooked Creek. Used to be one of my all time favorite streams. Fun to fish and lots of fish. Fished it for an hour yesterday, VERY few fish sightings, no rises or no fish. Not sure what happened to this creek but its disappointing. If anyone else is doing well let me know. You won't hurt my feelings.

Big Green. Love this stream but it was like a parking lot yesterday. Managed to find a few hundred yards without a car in it. Got 3 strikes on dries, still fun to fish with some great holes.

Little Green. This stream holds great potential, unfortunately the DNR has let it go. Definitely not easy to fish but I'd rather go there than wait in line at the Big Green. Great holes with a lot of rock and almost no drainage from farmland into it. The DNR should make an effort to stock this, I never saw one fish and I fished it hard.

Borah Creek. Decent trout population. Hard as hell to fish, lots of trees. You will have the place to yourself though!!

Until next time.

D Big Tuna
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5/24/14 9:16 AM CST
Trout are no different than any fish other than they tolerate less environmental change making them more susceptible to a massive kill or a decline in reproduction . Taking too many of any species will effect the waterway your on. Bottom line is don't be a pig and we all can play nice and have plenty of eaters and releasers for everyone to enjoy. You want to preach , save it for Sundays......

hatchmatcher
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5/23/14 12:28 PM CST
Well, this is an interesting debate (pretty one sided now). I think both sides of the argument have valid arguments.

I am from the Milwaukee area, but frequent the driftless area in the spring and summer. Yes, many of these creeks are loaded with fish. The DNR and landowners have done an excellent job making this area of the state one of the greatest fisheries in the midwest. I usually cpr all the trout I catch in this area, but maybe once a year will keep one or two. I don't think there is anything wrong with a keeping a few fish a year. On the otherhand keeping your limit everytime you go out is just downright uneccesary, especially if you are going out at least weekly. Imagine if everyone did that on a sensitive stream? It would make a dent. A lot of people have mentioned that its there legal right to keep their limit. That is correct, but I know way too many people that just keep there limit to say they caught there limit, and 100% of those people don't NEED to rely on eating trout evey week. Keep in mind a lot of the laws and limits the WDNR has in place are strongly influenced by the public. If people want to keep fish then the laws will reflect on that. Doesn't mean its ethical.

Fortunately, the driftless area is not as heavily pressured as it could be and I think many people I run into have a cpr mentality or keep only a couple fish a year. Lets keep this resource as good as its been over the years.

I don't think Thermo was neccisarily bashing just sharing his opinion and he did apologize so I don't know what the huge fuss is about.

I'll be out there this weekend, tight lines everybody!

ASund
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5/22/14 8:10 PM CST
Everyone in this state has the right to keep the legal limit of trout.

There is nothing unethical about keeping trout - to suggest otherwise is laughable.

(Not to mention they were browns - which are practically a warm-water species)

Way to go on the trout thermo!

fishfinder101
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5/22/14 4:22 PM CST
I used to post pictures of my nice trout that i caught on here a couple years back, way to many people bashing everyone else and now i usually just visit this site once a month to see pictures others read, i usually last about 15 mins and remember why i stopped coming to this site.

JASON STEWART
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5/22/14 8:51 AM CST
If you would like to tar and feather me and throw stones in person, I'll be volunteering at the Kids Fishing Day at the Great Lakes Visitors Center on June 7th.

Will be working in the Catch and Release booth, of all things.

Cheers, JS

[This post was last edited on 5/22/14 at 8:54 AM]
rode23
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5/21/14 7:26 PM CST
He's pissed because he is a guide and wants fish in "his" area. 99.9% of the guides I know would never put this out there, as it will surely hurt his business. Funny, as I was just going to contact him to see about fishing. Well, I guess you live and learn. Good to see so many people respond in a positive way!

D Big Tuna
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5/21/14 7:00 PM CST
Some of those streams in the driftless have TOO many fish per mile. Don't know who needs a guide in the driftless but to each their own. Not sure the guy knows the driftless all that well after a remark like that.

[This post was last edited on 5/21/14 at 9:04 PM]
trouter
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5/21/14 6:21 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 51° - 55° F
I fished our local streams this morning. The mosquitoes are beginning to hatch. Despite the lack of trash, there are no trout in our local stream.

I think the problem is otters.

Please come to Adams County this winter and fill your otter tag !!!

I release some of my fish and keep others. With a minimal size of 14 inches, most trout in our backyard go back in the stream.

When I wear chest waders, I always wear a belt. Actually, it is a fanny pack that I keep my gear in. The belt prevents water from filling my waders if I go under.

Tight lines !!

Trouter

deeressesntials
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5/21/14 1:07 AM CST
Yea I'm not sure why he felt the need to be so critical. I fish several area streams and I know them well. I don't keep trout often at all, but if the mood strikes I keep a few now and then. Kept 9 all of last year. Most in 3-4 years. Dependent on the stream I'll take 2-3 home. When's there's 80 fish in a hole I don't see the harm.

drewster
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5/20/14 10:51 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Both of the recent abusive "reports" were reported to the moderators - hope they follow the rules of conduct and boot the guy.

I will keep any fish that I want within my legal limit, and I don't need folks on here lecturing me about it.

Went to a driftless stream about 2 weeks ago and kept a 15 and couple 12's. Tried a spot I have never been to last weekend and struck out - not very good water. Try again soon. Picked a bunch of crawlers the other night, so I'm ready for action. Cool Good luck, all!

240Z
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5/20/14 4:47 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 46° - 50° F
It was a sunny Mother's Day morning, the air was a comfortable temperature for donning khaki shorts and a button up shirt, although unsure of what the day would bring I chose to wear jeans and a sweatshirt over a t-shirt, which I would later regret.

Admiring the sunny sky to which I'd become a stranger to over our less than ideal spring weather I slipped into my chest high waiders. I heard the roaring of the river in the distance, known to locals as Hayman falls of the north branch embarass river. I started walking through the woods which caused my body temperature to rise. Some perspiration accumulated on my brow. One minute later I arrived at the river bank and tested the water with my calibrated eye. The current was fourth seven miles per hour, perfect for entry. I stepped in and immediately lost my footing, I attempted to catch myself with my Orvis five weight nine foot fly rod and succeeded to break it in six places. I was then drug down into the river by the current, at a depth of four feet I noticed a recently hatched nymph, I didn't have a chance to note which species. Nine miles down the slowing rapid river I washed up along the bank and collected my things. I regretted wearing a sweatshirt due to the volume of water it held durring the walk back. I observed a male and female cardinal sitting in a tree. I slowly turned away to not disturb the feathered pair. It was a nice day.

vmthtr
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5/20/14 4:08 PM CST
tradrboy turn on your PM feature or email me at vmthtrATnew.rr.com

JASON STEWART
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5/20/14 9:41 AM CST
cthulhu- "assuming fish were legally taken, you have no right to question people keeping fish. Especially those Creek Carp, or Brown Trout - if you prefer."

I'm not questioning the legality of keeping fish. I will, and I do most certainly, have the right to question the ethics of keeping fish versus catch and release. I don't see the beauty of that dull dead eye of a brown trout laying on shore. Just my opinion and two cents. Nothing personal towards thermo. And not to come off as a hypocrite, I've been known to whack a northern or two for the frying pan my self. If he's ever up in the area, I'll take him out for pike and panfish, my apologies.

When I've fished the driftless streams, it just seems like the creeks are so small. I wonder just how many 15" browns there are in say, a quarter mile stretch. Take a few out of a hole here and a run there, how good is it going to fish for the next person?

[This post was last edited on 5/20/14 at 10:03 AM]
cthulhu
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5/20/14 6:40 AM CST
JASON STEWART - assuming fish were legally taken, you have no right to question people keeping fish. Especially those Creek Carp, or Brown Trout - if you prefer.

thermo-klein- nice work!

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