Paradise Springs, Waukesha County

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4/5/16 @ 9:56 AM
firemedic60
firemedic60
USER since 2/18/04
In case you didn't see it, the DNR is reporting that the dam failed and that the pond is drained.

From the DNR:

Attention: A dam that formed the trout pond at Paradise Springs has failed and the pond has drained. DNR dam safety staff inspected the structure and determined significant repairs or replacement of the structure is needed to refill the pond. DNR staff will continue to evaluate options for the dam, including temporary repair, replacement or abandonment.

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1/15/09 @ 2:15 PM
Design Dude
Design Dude
USER since 7/17/01
Any new reports for this place

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4/17/06 @ 11:33 AM
paterfamilias
paterfamilias
USER since 4/19/05
Fished from 2:15 to 5:30. Pond is 2/3 covered with algae. Caught three 12-14" maybe. I thought there were only browns in here but I guess there are rainbows too! I was using little pieces of plastic worms and grubs. All three were caught from the pier. I dropped it in, they swarmed at it, hooked, netted, released, then dropped in again and then...nothing. Moved, came back in an hour...dropped in, swarmed, hooked,etc. Seemed like they needed to be left alone for a while after all the excitement.

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3/23/06 @ 10:35 AM
paterfamilias
paterfamilias
USER since 4/19/05
Great job, Theinspine. Troutbum is right: it's not easy to catch these fish (at least for me!)

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3/22/06 @ 4:14 PM
Troutbum
Troutbum
USER since 4/25/05
They are joking about the Cheerio's because park visitors feed the fish them all the time. Last winter I met a guy fishing with a tan O shaped piece of foam on a hook. Maybe one of you lake Linkers.

As a note, the hooks don't have to be barbless at the springs like the other early season, just artificials only and C and R only.

Congrats on a 7 fish day, generally not easy here.

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3/22/06 @ 2:27 PM
Theinespines3
Theinespines3
USER since 12/20/02
One last neat little pic.

By the way--I kept the fish in my trout net inthe water until i took them out to snap a quick pic. These are the first trout like this i have caught on the fly rod. Other than that it has been salmon. BUT THIS WAS AWESOME!

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3/22/06 @ 2:25 PM
Theinespines3
Theinespines3
USER since 12/20/02
Here is one of the fish I caught down by the spring house. You can kind of see the fly in this picture.

I actually added only one of the smallest split shot down here because of the current. I also was using about 6 feet of 3lb test tippet.

Theinespines3

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3/22/06 @ 2:22 PM
Theinespines3
Theinespines3
USER since 12/20/02
Made it out there today from 8:45-11:30. I must be one lucky dog because I landed 7 fish in that time all between 12 and 15 inches.

My first cast hit the water and the fly was pounded with the fish in this picture. The rest of my fish came down by the spring. I actually caught three fish on three consecutive casts!! once i got the first one a feeding frenzy or something started. It was awesome!!

I decided to go with a tan colored fly. I dont know the name of it, but you fellas were jokin about cheerios so i went with that color!!

AWESOME DAY!!!!!! Theinespines3

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3/21/06 @ 8:15 PM
Theinespines3
Theinespines3
USER since 12/20/02
I was thinkin about giving it a try out there tomorrow. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!!

Theinespines3

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3/15/06 @ 6:02 PM
GuideBoat
GuideBoat
USER since 3/20/05
Unless you have a State Park sticker ($25 annual), you gotta pay $5 to park here (maybe they raised the $5 too.) It's a real short walk back to the trout pond.

A few miles up the road is another DNR facility. Also C&R trout pond. Scuppernong Springs. The walk to that one is about 1/2 mile or so - nice path and crosses the actual Scuppernong Creek that can be C&R fished as well (didn't see fish in the creek last time I was there and never made it all the way to the spring fed pond.) But that's another option nearby.

You can also go down by Whitewater and fish the re-habilatated creek down there off Hwy P. I forget the name of the stream. There are a couple free parking spots and you can wade the river - its maybe 8 to 12 feet wide. More of a real trout stream feel with undercut banks and such. Saw one fish the one time I went there last summer.

I am looking forward to making the drive out to Black Earth sometime this spring. Gotta see what thats like.

Good luck!

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