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NBrevitz  
#831 Posted : Wednesday, July 3, 2019 6:13:17 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: billybigbilly Go to Quoted Post
I'm going to try to get out tomorrow, does anyone know how the streams are around the St. Croix river?


It’s a huge river with tons of tribs. What county?
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#832 Posted : Wednesday, July 3, 2019 9:29:33 PM(UTC)
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Muddy and high streams everywhere I looked today around Richland and Sauk counties (Wisconsin).
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I did finally find some fishable water: see my "Damn The Weeds!" post in Fishing Stories. All of the bigger streams and rivers where running chocolate milk. Most of SW Wisco has seen 1 - 4 inches of rain in the last 72 hours. The ground is saturated and it will take a couple more dry days to bring even the smaller streams back to normal. Unfortunately there's scattered thunderstorms forecast for the area for the next four days. These might hit one valley hard, but completely miss the next one over. So you might need to do a bit or driving to find clearing streams.

As Smis mentioned, the gnats and mosquitoes weren't bad at all, even under solid cloudy skies with no wind. I did get a horse fly bite on my cheek though.

Hatch-wise there were clouds of Midges coming off the water everywhere and a small black fly of some sort. Didn't really see any rising Trout in the stained water. Although I did score the first Trout of the season on a hopper pattern. There where lots of little brown hoppers in the grass. A little warm and dry weather should get the Trout keying on them in the coming weeks. I also saw lots of Dragon Flies buzzing around the water. A large foam Cranefly pattern can double as a Dragon Fly and could be effective in certain situations.


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#833 Posted : Thursday, July 4, 2019 1:55:19 AM(UTC)
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I've had thoughts of trout fishing tomorrow AM and so far my target area has been mostly spared by this evening's rainfall.

Might just go for a float instead.

One way or another though, I'll be fishing in the morning.


Nice brookie Bill. I know what you went through to get him. Chances are the past few hours have made that place a million times more accessible.

Might be worth a look on Sunday or so.

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#834 Posted : Thursday, July 4, 2019 2:38:24 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
Chances are the past few hours have made that place a million times more accessible. Might be worth a look on Sunday or so.


That was my thought too. A little localized flood to knock those nasty weeds down and a guy has a fighting chance to get in there.

Kinda hate to come back to the same place three times in a couple weeks, but it might be the only fishable stream around there for awhile. Looks like that storm that sat on Richland/Sauk has now moved down through Iowa and Dane counties. Was hoping to hit that area Friday/Saturday but this might wipe that out.

Was really hoping we would have a dry year for a change. These big rain and flood events are becoming the new norm.


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#835 Posted : Friday, July 5, 2019 1:03:10 PM(UTC)
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Was over in Grant at my buddy's farmette for 4th festivities yesterday and ended up going down by the Blue. Couldn't resist a few casts by a bridge.

Water levels were about normal, but the vis was essentially zero in the chocolate water.

Was around 6:30Pm and was still a sauna down in the valley and I was insta-sweat. Gnats were nowhere near as bad as a month prior when I was in the area although there were still plenty around.

Cast for maybe 10 minutes and did hook up with one little one who jumped a few times and spit the hook.

I'll be back in 6-8 weeks.
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William Schlafer  
#836 Posted : Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:34:13 PM(UTC)
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Drove around Dane and Iowa counties for several hours this morning and could not find fishable streams. Lots of standing water in the ditches and low spots. Area got several inches overnight. A good day to stay in and watch baseball I guess.

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#837 Posted : Sunday, July 7, 2019 3:28:01 AM(UTC)
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I was at whitewater state park for a picnic. Didn't fish but the river (middle branch) was blown all the way up to crow spring on Olmsted county road 9.
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#838 Posted : Sunday, July 7, 2019 2:38:10 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
Drove around Dane and Iowa counties for several hours this morning and could not find fishable streams. Lots of standing water in the ditches and low spots. Area got several inches overnight. A good day to stay in and watch baseball I guess.

-Bill


That's been the whole summer for me so far for the most part.

Looks like the rivers won't get to normal fishable levels.
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#839 Posted : Sunday, July 7, 2019 4:02:17 PM(UTC)
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The upside of all this rain is that it replenishes the aquifers that feed spring creeks for the foreseeable future, and will help keep water temperatures cooler. Although a couple weeks of dry weather would certainly be welcome right now. NOAA's medium-range prediction is for average rainfall and slightly below average temperatures for the next 3 months.


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#840 Posted : Sunday, July 7, 2019 5:19:52 PM(UTC)
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I don't know how accurate this map is, but I like using it to gauge where to go for trips . Looks like some counties in NE Iowa got missed this last week, hopefully I'll make a trip up tommorow morning and report back .

https://www.iweathernet....map-24-hours-to-72-hours
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