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Northern Wisconsin Small Rivers

8/5/20 @ 4:31 PM
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Elliott Jacobson
Elliott Jacobson
User since 1/25/17

Does anyone else take advantage of the great river fishing in northern Wisconsin? There’s incredible multi-species opportunity! Smallmouth, largemouth, 5 species of sucker, walleye, pike, musky, catfish, and sturgeon. These small rivers offer everything a large river would, and most of the time, you get them to yourself! Here’s a few videos I’ve put together on these rivers. https://youtu.be/1hLDM5MX1e0

https://youtu.be/FFVTm9P6Eqo

https://youtu.be/LHlHk01HthU

https://youtu.be/QOL-wgT--aM

https://youtu.be/rAnZamwdCZk


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8/14/20 @ 3:25 PM
Phat Walleyes
Phat Walleyes
User since 3/31/15

The best part of moving water fishing is just that... It's moving...  A lake is very limited, especially if you don't have water flowing thru it... 

On the other hand, I love lake fishing, when it's up or down, normal, and especially if you have water flowing thru it... 

Flowing water you can have everything in it or more of certain type like seasonal trout/salmon...

Both are very unique and I made the mistake of fishing moving water more, but at the same time, as a shore fisherman adapted what I've learned to lake fishing successfully and rediscovered lake fishing near my home in a big way, and cleaned up both types of fishing realizing I should have never not fished lakes like I did before... And how much I love fishing... I can't wait to try drop shot, wacky rig, and spin blade/bead harness fishing... I do like fly fishing now too... And slip bobber also...

If we had a bet to catch a fish I'd lean toward moving water... If it was a major flood condition maybe lake... I fished both...  And caught fish... 

8/14/20 @ 11:52 AM
cgreene
User since 8/4/20

Awesome catch! Thanks for sharing your videos. I love fly fishing in the river. In my years of experience, Ive found the hobby to be a lot more fun and easy if you have the best waders. Its makes moving around the river a lot easier. If anyone is looking to get the best waders, you should discover more here.

8/12/20 @ 1:12 PM
Elliott Jacobson
Elliott Jacobson
User since 1/25/17

Here’s another video from last week on the rivers in northern Wisconsin. Plenty of smallmouth on topwater, and a musky strike at the boat! 

https://youtu.be/xNmxVqgT9ws 

8/11/20 @ 9:58 PM
Elliott Jacobson
Elliott Jacobson
User since 1/25/17

I’d agree with that. Even in lakes, where water flows in is always a money spot. Fish in rivers seem to be much more consistent biters regardless of water levels and weather. 

8/8/20 @ 10:42 AM
Elliott Jacobson
Elliott Jacobson
User since 1/25/17

Fishloveme, I definitely agree that fish in rivers in the heat of summer are much more eager to bite. However, I do think that part of that may also stem from the low fishing pressure rivers receive. 

8/7/20 @ 6:14 PM
Shad
User since 8/27/01

With the heat and humidity we are planning on exploring another river in the north that looks interesting and one never knows what you will find and the adventure is priceless.  Maybe my lab will dump us over again, time till tell(lol).

8/7/20 @ 5:22 PM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01

My friend fishes a lot of rivers in the summer as well.  Mostly in Southern Wisconsin, but he travels north sometimes.  Not even sure where this river is, but it had some nice fish in it.  Rivers in the heat of the summer the fish don't seem to care, they're always biting!  When I lived in the SE part of the state while attending college I used to fish rivers a lot more often.  Near Madison where I live now there's not as many of these nearby, but I'd love to get back into putting a pair of tennis shoes on and walking the river again!

8/7/20 @ 9:28 AM
Elliott Jacobson
Elliott Jacobson
User since 1/25/17

Yeah I definitely find the rivers to be more consistent. Not to mention, they’re mostly undeveloped, so like you said, you see a lot more nature than on the bigger lakes. 

8/7/20 @ 7:48 AM
Shad
User since 8/27/01

As lake fishing has been poor, we have searched out rivers in the north and the fishing is more stable and variety is great, scenery and wildlife is second to none.  From Grouse, to Deer, Bear, Eagles, fresh berries and a few fresh fish, simply priceless!  If you enjoy the places you find, keep them to yourself as people have and will ruin this Wonderful world! 

8/6/20 @ 11:43 AM
Elliott Jacobson
Elliott Jacobson
User since 1/25/17

I’d agree they’re not small in water volume, but a lot of places, they’re quite narrow. We fish several other small rivers in the area as well that are much smaller than those two. 

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