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draik11  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, April 20, 2016 10:26:24 AM(UTC)
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Hey guys!

I'm wondering if anyone has fished Conley-Lewis and can confirm there is trout in it?

I'm asking because I found a trout forum posted 2 years ago on another site. The fisherman was claiming he didn't see any sign of fish. I found it hard to believe because the creek looks nice and it has good access.

I don't need a honey hole or a specific stretch. Thanks!
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William Schlafer  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11:03:30 AM(UTC)
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I fished it last year during the summer in the easement section above Sunny Ridge Road. The water looked like it had promise, but all I caught were Chubs. It might fish better earlier in the year before the water downstream warms up.

I also fished further upstream above the confluence with Ley Creek. The stream here is narrow but with good depth, holes and runs. It clearly has had some HR work done in the past, but it's well grown in. I didn't catch anything on that particular day, but did see a number of Trout. With the stream side grass and lots of undercut banks, it could be a fun stream for fishing hoppers.


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draik11  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11:29:25 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for the info, William.

I'm very curious about this creek. I'll be fishing in that area this weekend, so I'll give it a try and report back.
p_gundlach  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:52:10 PM(UTC)
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About 10 years ago, I'd consistently catch browns and even nice numbers of brookies just below the confluence of Ley and Conley Lewis (I've been tempted to explore even further downstream -- probably low numbers/big trout country).

The last couple of times I've been there, my experience was more like Bill mentions; chubs (though still some browns mixed in). The numbers seemed WAY down. The water also has a bit more of a marginal feel to it. . . I wouldn't be surprised if groundwater flow is down and temps are up.

The most promise, at least numbers wise, is the habitat improved area that Bill referenced -- some maps disagree though which branch is Ley and which branch is Conley Lewis.
TylerM  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, April 20, 2016 2:09:35 PM(UTC)
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Yes, there are trout in it. See the picture several inches to the left of this post for proof. BigGrin
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donjuan  
#6 Posted : Friday, April 22, 2016 9:26:18 AM(UTC)
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Nice brown! Cool, I've been meaning to check this one out at some point as well. Lot of interesting looking water in Iowa county
TylerM  
#7 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2016 6:43:16 AM(UTC)
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Fished the Conley-Lewis Creek and a number of other locations in Iowa County on Saturday with little to no luck. I did find a few new spots that I'll be heading back to if I can get into them in another month.
Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.
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TylerM  
#8 Posted : Monday, June 13, 2016 12:53:34 PM(UTC)
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I stopped by the Conley-Lewis creek again on Friday, and it yielded a beautiful, 12 inch brown trout. Part of the stream was hard to impossible to fish because of the growth. I only wanted to hike so far up-stream to find more holes in the hot weather that was Friday so I ended up packing up and hitting several other streams in Iowa County.
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