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KruddyTFB  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, June 27, 2018 6:55:43 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
There are no good options below the Wisconsin River.

Stop messin' with him. Flapper



Well, they're mostly drainage ditches and carp water, but a guy has to start somewhere. Smile


-Bill


Laugh
I've spent many a day on the Mississippi and the St. Croix and the smaller muddy streams near where I grew up. Landed more than my share of carp and suckers and bullheads. I'm fairly new to trout, not fishing as a whole.

I'm not asking for directions to anybodys secret spots, just some basic guidance.

Thanks, everybody, for sharing what you have, so far. I appreciate it.

Justin
Kimber22  
#12 Posted : Saturday, June 30, 2018 3:09:51 AM(UTC)
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Carp here make my 6 wt sing........
Guillermo  
#13 Posted : Saturday, June 30, 2018 11:14:23 PM(UTC)
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Blue lining is the best method for finding new and productive water.

Pick a blue line on a map, any blue line at all, and walk it. Let it take you wherever it goes. Be prepared for biting insects. And large trout.
William Schlafer  
#14 Posted : Sunday, July 1, 2018 8:35:35 PM(UTC)
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Jay Ford Thurston gave a few ideas in his article this month on where to find good fishable water. I can second his ideas about quizzing bartenders and looking for tribs off bigger streams.


-Bill

Edited by user Sunday, July 1, 2018 8:36:21 PM(UTC)  | Reason: damned typos!

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NBrevitz  
#15 Posted : Sunday, July 1, 2018 10:13:57 PM(UTC)
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That’s one of my spots Jay...🤨

Absolutely, no better time of the year to hit little tribs than July and August.
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Guillermo  
#16 Posted : Monday, July 2, 2018 12:33:54 AM(UTC)
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Yes. July and August are prime time for trout. All yous gotta do is find the cold water. Overcast, rainy and humid summer days are the bomb.
big_river_bum  
#17 Posted : Monday, July 2, 2018 1:31:10 AM(UTC)
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i have jay's books and respect his experience and skills as a fisherman, but reading his stuff lately makes my head hurt Blink
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Buckman  
#18 Posted : Monday, July 2, 2018 11:57:43 AM(UTC)
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Having just moved into Northern Illinois several months ago, I just recently have found the time to break away from work and home improvement projects to start exploring into Wisconsin as well. Over the years I have had the pleasure to live in some good trout states; PA, CO and MI and I was curious to see how WI would stack up. Armed with a couple books on Wisconsin trout waters, I did what most people are posting to do here in this thread: go explore!

Closest county that I wanted to scout was Dane County, so I took two half days last week to scout around. I've never seen so narrow of water be so deep and so productive at the same time. It was definitely a different type of fishing for me seeing how I could almost jump over the creek plus the vegetation was quite high. Brook trout were biting nicely on spinners both days, even with some slightly blown out conditions from all the rain. I did land a nice 17" brown on a jig as well and it really just set the tone to continue to explore and scout throughout the DA. For me it was great to finally find a "local" creek 1 1/2 hrs away that I can hang my hat on while I try to reach further out. Getting that first fishing spot in a new state eased my mind a bit for sure and gives me confidence to continue to venture out.

Anyhow, just my .02 as well, it really is about scouting for me. I also did a lot of reading back on these threads looking for info on some of the counties that I was interested in.
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Gurth  
#19 Posted : Monday, July 2, 2018 12:07:34 PM(UTC)
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Yeah… I'd skip Dane County altogether. Nothing much here. Flapper Laugh

Seriously though, good that you found success already. Wisconsin is blessed with great fishing waters. Unfortunately for you, it's a bit of a drive from your home to the edge of them.

I live in DC and do well and have many options within 1 – 20 miles of my house. I hit these frequently out of convenience and some are downright great streams.

I will say though that if you enjoyed what you found around here, just wait till you go a bit further.
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weiliwen  
#20 Posted : Monday, July 2, 2018 12:32:05 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
Jay Ford Thurston gave a few ideas in his article this month on where to find good fishable water. I can second his ideas about quizzing bartenders and looking for tribs off bigger streams.


-Bill


He spelled Mat Wagner's name wrong, twice. At least he's consistent.
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