Nice fish trouter...i to got this nice brown on a recent trout weekend on one of my favorite streams
71° - 75° F
The Evening Report.
The ground blind is ready for deer hunting. But since it still smells like Walmart, I had no intention of hunting out of it for a few days.
This means I can spend the day exploring a few local trout streams, which I did.
A grass snake greeted me at the first stop. But I ignored him and proceeded to catch a trio of chubs, which, as it turns out, have a rather lite bite.
So I moved on to the next spot. I did catch my largest bluegill of the day, which will make Mary happy. The next fish was a short bass. The last fish was one I felt, but did not see. In fact, I did not feel him strike the lure at all.
He inhaled the lure, which is great if he is not a pike and I plan on keeping him. He had mass and would not jump. Since he was in a deep pool, I could only feel him and watch the reel sing and the rod bow in reverence to the fish on the end of the line.
He finally surfaced and I saw spots. Which is bad for Mary, as she prefers bass to trout.
The brown trout made a run for the weeds in the hope of snagging the lure on the weeds and getting away. Which, by the way, works more often than not.
In the end, I landed the big boy on the beach and I called it a day.
As a side note, my chest waders have several holes in them. Duck hunting is really tough on waders. Looks like a new pair are in order.
The season is changing. Plug in your phone, take a few days off from work and spend some time in the wilderness.
Being in the wilderness is as good for the body as it is for the mind.
Fishin upstream from hollandale lately. Brooks and browns by any springs. Threw alot of different lures, only gold panther martins worked. Lots of wildlife and the colors of fish and foliage are changin; gorgeous, good times and eatin
"Landlocked" easements are not marked, to my knowledge. At first glance, they might seem useless then, but I guess if you walk in the stream til you reach the easement, at least then you can crawl up the bank. How you know when you have reached the easement, hmmm, not sure how to answer that one. I pretty much avoid those, although I often envision hundreds of giant trout swimming back in those holes...
I'm guessing/hoping that most of those easements were donated in return for habitat improvement work. Otherwise, it would seem like a poor choice to spend money on.
Drew...Pretty cool website, much easier than dragging the hard copies around...some valleys in the coulee region have poor cell signals...We use to have to drive up on one of the hills to get connected...the DNR does a great job of marking all their projects...just look for the little white signs.
I’m not familiar with the Stream Bank Easment Program. I see a stretch of it on a map near me. Doesn’t look to be any bridge or roadside access. Any idea of how I should try to find it? Would there be signs?
For those who have not seen this:
Interactive map of all inland WI trout waters. Zoom in/out for detail or big picture. Click on "menu" to view legend. Experiment with "map layers" to see air photos and topo maps. The map show parking areas, regulations, easements - pretty much everything you could need to know; well, except where the fish are, haha. I use this all the time, and don't even need to bother with printed maps any more. Enjoy and good luck!
The brookies are not “mostly planters” brook trout are the ONLY stream trout native to Wisconsin. The overwhelming majority of Wisconsin’s brook trout population is native.
larger trout, particularly brown trout tend to become piscivorous as they grow. Depending more on baitfish, and large vertebrates than insects as prey. Because of this trait they generally slide downstream as they grow seeking out that specific forage type. Often that means slower less text book “trout looking” waters.
consequently it’s not that slow waters produce bigger trout it is rather that big trout seek out what we would call “slower waters” based on the fact that as streams flow to their lower stretches the gradient tends to decrease. Anglers who target big fish intentionally know this and spend more time in those places. There are fewer trout there but generally they are much bigger.
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