Wisconsin Fly Fishing

The state is bordered by the Montreal River, Lake Superior and Michigan to the north, by Lake Michigan to the east, by Illinois to the south, and by Iowa and Minnesota to the west. Part of the state’s boundaries includes the Mississippi River and St. Croix River in the west, and the Menominee River and Montreal River in the northeast.

More than 90 percent of Wisconsin waters are supported entirely by natural reproduction and do not need stocking. Assuring these waters have good water quality and habitat is a major focus and funding priority – 2005 Wisconsin Fishing Report

Major tributaries to Lake Michigan for Steelhead

Pike River Kenosha, Wisconsin

The Pike River is located in Kenosha, The Pike has a good fall run of King Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout. This river is a managed system and is stocked on an annual basis. This river is characterized by moderate to slow water flow and is contingent on rainfall for adequate water levels/flows.

Root River Racine, Wisconsin

The Root River is located in Racine, Wisconsin. The Root has a good fall run of King Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout and Coho. It also has a good population of brook trout.The Root River is a managed system and is stocked on an annual basis. This river is characterized by moderate water flow and a few very nice riffles, but is contingent on rainfall for adequate water levels/ flows. The Root River is one of the few rivers in the region that has three different Steelhead runs a spring, a summer /fall and a fall/winter run. The fishery is 5.7 miles long from the harbor at Racine to the Horlick Dam. The Dam is the end of the line for migratory fish, as it is not passable.

Oak Creek Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Oak Creek is located in the town of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Oak Creek is meandering creek that is smaller water and is truly creek fish for trout. A small tributary by any standards, Oak Creek receives significant pressure for it’s size. If one was to drive by the creek, one would not believe that Salmon and Trout fishing is available on the creek.

Barnes Creek – Pleasant Prarie, Wisconsin

Kinnickinnic River – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Menomonee River – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thanks to the efforts of Green Bay Trout Unlimited, the lower Oconto has some great winter fishing. In November, Green Bay T.U. released rainbow trout, which are expected to hold through the winter. Water temps are cold, so the fish tend to hit light, but nymphs fished deep produce results. Remember to use extreme caution while winter fishing. Ice shelves can and do break unexpectedly. Also watch for large sheets of floating ice. The following patterns have been producing fish: Hares Ear, Prince nymph, Pheasant Tail, Zug Bug, B.H. Brassie, and Caddis Pupae.

Milwaukee River – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sauk Creek – Port Washington, Wisconsin

Black River – Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Sheboygan River – Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Pigeon River – Eroman, Wisconsin

Seven Mile Creek – Haven, Wisconsin

Fischer Creek – Spring Valley, Wisconsin

Point Creek – Newton, Wisconsin

Silver Creek – South of Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Manitowoc River – Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Little Manitowoc River – Manitowoc, Wisconsin

West Twin River – Two Rivers, Wisconsin

East Twin River – Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Kewaunee River – Kewaunee, Wisconsin

Three Mile Creek – Algoma, Wisconsin

Ahnapee River – Algoma, Wisconsin

Stony Creek – Algoma, Wisconsin

Schuyler Creek – Algoma, Wisconsin

Whitefish Bay Creek – Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Hibbards Creek – Jacksonport, Wisconsin

Fox River – Green Bay, Wisconsin

Duck Creek – Green Bay, Wisconsin

Suacimo River – Saucimo, Wisconsin

Little Sucimo River – Saucimo, Wisconsin

Oconto River – Oconto, Wisconsin

Peshtigo River – Peshtigo, Wisconsin

Little River – Peshtigo, Wisconsin

Menominee River – Marinette, Wisconsin

Brule River – Nelma, Wisconsin

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Salmonfly.net
www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/index.html
Silver Doctor Fly Fishing- Wisconsin Spring Creek Tributary
The Coulee Region of Southwestern Wisconsin lies in the so-called “Driftless Area”, untouched by the glaciers.
Suggested flies for SW Wisconsin Fly Fishing by Expedition …
wisconsin fly fishing patterns…
www.teampb.com/professional-guide-services-suggested-fly-fishing-fli
es.shtml
The Flies of Mark E. Brown
salmon, steelhead, atlantic, and classic patterns…
www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/contributor8.html
troutnut.com
underwater pictures of trout and nymphs
www.troutnut.com
waderson.com
Wisconsin fishing trips
www.waderson.com/PackageSelection.php?reg=2&loc=63
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Fishing Wisconsin
www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/fhp/fish
Farm Streams
Here in the upper Midwest there are literally thousands of small creeks, many of which are little more than drainage ditches flowing through the fields and farms of the area.
www.flyfishingjournal.com/archives/fa200007.htm
Wisconsin Blue-Ribbon Fly Fishing Guide, SB: Amatobooks.Com
WI Blue-Ribbon Fly Fishing Guide
www.amatobooks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=1
571881611&Category_Code=Blue-Ribbon_Fly_Fishing_Guides
Badger State Trout Fishing
www.wisconsinsportsmanmag.com/wi_aa056004a
Big Green River
away.com/gorp/publishers/countryman/fis_wis2.htm
Castle Rock Creek
away.com/gorp/publishers/countryman/fis_wis3.htm
Coulee trout
Lose yourself exploring the valleys and trout streams of southwestern Wisconsin.
www.wnrmag.com/stories/2005/apr05/trout.htm
Crooked Creek & Borah Creek
away.com/gorp/publishers/countryman/fis_wis2a.htm
Fennimore, Wisconsin Trout Fishing Guide
Fennimore, Wisconsin, southwest Wisconsin, Grant county trout fishing, Big Green river, Castle Rock stream, Blue river…
www.fennimore.com/fishing.html
Fish Wisconsin
www.fishwis.com
Fish Wisconsin
Places to stay near great fishing locations by lakes, streams and rivers. Some accommodations have fishing guides and some are right along the water.
www.virtualcities.com/ons/wi/wifish.htm
Fish-Wisconsin.com
Welcome to the new Fish-Wisconsin.com
www.fish-wisconsin.com
Fishing the Dry Fly Wet
by Gary Borger; A new wrinkle on some old flies will catch you more trout…
www.fieldandstream.com/fieldstream/fishing/flyfishing/article/0,1319
9,220200,00.html
Fly Fishing for Muskie
…fishing, fly fishing for muskie is definitely considered out on the edge…
www.midcurrent.com/articles/techniques/tomes_muskie.aspx
Friends of the Brule River
www.friendsofthebrule.com
Go Wisconsin Fishing
Wisconsin Fishing Information and Resources
www.go-wisconsin-fishing.com
GORP – Wisconsin Spring Creeks
Fly Fishing the Southwest Corner
away.com/gorp/publishers/countryman/fis_wisc.htm
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council
Wisconsin section
www.great-lakes.org/fish_wi.html
Hunt Fish Camp Wisconsin .Com
Wisconsin hunting, fishing and camping links
www.huntfishcampwisconsin.com/Fishing.html
Inland Trout Species of Wisconsin
www.ojibleau.com/species.html
Kinnickinnic River
www.lambcom.net/kiaptuwish/river_pages/kinni.html
Lake-Link.com
One of the Midwest’s largest site dedicated to fishing – provides fishing reports, topographical maps, a lake database, message boards, articles, fishing tips and tactics, moon charts, etc
www.lake-link.com
Midwest Fly Fishing
www.mwfly.com/
Midwest Spring Creeks
by Ross Mueller
www.flyfisherman.com/midwest/rmmidwest/index2.html
midwesttroutfishing.com
Wisconsin Fly Fishing probably provides the most diverse Wisconsin trout fishing alternatives in the Midwest.
www.midwesttroutfishing.com/states/wisconsin.htm
Nebraska Spring Bass
www.greatplainsgameandfish.com/fishing/bass-fishing/gp_aa031404a
River Alliance of Wisconsin
www.wisconsinrivers.org/
Silver Doctor
dedicated to the Midwestern fly fisher and the fly tiers – Fly Fishing-Wisconsin Spring Creek and Tributarys …
www.silverdoctor.net
Small Stream Fly Fishing Wisconsin
www.smallstreams.com/archives/LivelyWisconsin1.html
Steelheading our our Great Lakes’ Tributaries
Wisconsin’s best spring steelie streams
www.wisconsinsportsmanmag.com/wi_aa025904a
Suggested Flies for SW Wisconsin Fly Fishing
www.teampb.com/professional-guide-services-suggested-fly-fishing-fli
es.shtml
Suggested Flies for SW Wisconsin Fly Fishing
www.teampb.com/professional-guide-services-suggested-fly-fishing-fli
es-page2.shtml
Wisconsin Fishing Guides Page
www.1fghp.com/wi.html
Wisconsin Fly Fishing
www.wisflyfishing.com/
Wisconsin Game and Fish
www.wisconsinsportsmanmag.com
Wisconsin Resorts and Lodges featuring Fly-fishing
www.resortsandlodges.com/resort-activity/fly-fishing/usa/wisconsin
Wisconsin Smallmouth Alliance
www.wisconsinsmallmouth.com
Wisconsin Trout Fishing
I lived in Illinois within an hour of the Wisconsin border for years before I discovered the superb trout fishing waiting just a few hours drive to the north…
www.flyfishingjournal.com/archives/fa199802.htm
Wisconsin Trout StreamsCoon
short descriptions of many Wisconsin trout streams
www.teampb.com/professional-guide-services-wisconsin-trout-streams-l
isting.shtml
Wisconsin’s Best Smallmouth Streams
www.wisconsinsportsmanmag.com/wi_aa086004a
Wisconsin’s Tributary Smallmouths
www.wisconsinsportsmanmag.com/wi_aa076004a
Wisconsins Magnificent Bois Brule
by Matt Supinski
www.flyfishamerica.com/ArticlesReports/MidAmericaRegion/Mid-America(
MW)/MWSupinski00JA/SupinskiBoisBrule.html
Wisconsins Wolf River
www.flyfisherman.com/midwest/jgwolf/index3.html
Wisconson’s Wolf River
by Jeff Grossman
www.flyfisherman.com/searchresults/index.html?terms=wisconsin

Wisconsin Fly Fishing Clubs
Coulee Region Trout Unlimited
www.couleeregiontu.org
Fox Valley TU
www.foxvalleytu.org
Green Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited
greenbaytu.com/pages/1/index.htm
Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited
www.lambcom.net/kiaptuwish
Kinnickinnic River History
from Kiap-TU
www.lambcom.net/kiaptuwish/river_pages/kinni_history.html
Westfork Sportsmans Club
www.mwt.net/~westfork
Wisconsin Trout Unlimited
www.wisconsintu.org
Chicagoland.com Wisconsin Forum
www.chicagolandfishing.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=14
Wisconsin Fly Fishing Bulletin Board
www.wisflyfishing.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl

Wisconsin Hatch Charts
Aquatic Insects of Wisconsin
www.wisflyfishing.com/bridge.html
Caddis Hatches of Wisconsin Spring Creeks
www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/4433/caddis.htm
Wisconsin Hatch Chart
from Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co
www.tightlinesflyshop.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=8
Wisconsin Spring Creek Mayflies
www.about-flyfishing.com/cs/subject.phtml?cid=23
Wisconsin Spring Creek Midges
www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/4433/midges.htm
Wisconsin Spring Creek Stoneflies
www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/4433/stonefly.htm
Woolys Fly Box hatch chart
a rough sketch of various insects in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin
www.cpinternet.com/~oi8myb8/woolyhatch.htm

Wisconsin Fly Fishing Maps
North End Map – Brule River & Forest
www.friendsofthebrule.com/Maps_Details.cfm?Map=N
Root River Map
By Local guide “The Fat Man”
www.fishinfatman.com/sys-tmpl/scrapbook/view.nhtml?profile=scrapbook&UID=10002
Root RIver map
from Gumbos Fishing Page (www.elilabs.com/~rj/fishing/home/index.html)
www.elilabs.com/se_wi_river_conditions.shtml#root_map
South End Map – Brule River & Forest
www.friendsofthebrule.com/Maps_Details.cfm?Map=S
Wisconsin lake maps
1,820 lake maps of Wisconsin from huntfishcampwisconsin.com
www.huntfishcampwisconsin.com/Lakes.html
Wisconsin Lake Maps
www.fishwis.com/fishwis_available_lake_maps.asp
Wisconsin Lakes with DNR Lakemaps
www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/fhp/lakes/lakemap

Wisconsin Fly Fishing Photos
Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co. Wisconsin Photo Album
www.tightlinesflyshop.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=9
Wisconsin photos
from www.latitudenorth.net
www.latitudenorth.net/bragging.asp

Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports
Bentlys Outfitters Reports
www.bentleysoutfitters.com/streamreports/index.asp?todo=view&water_i
d=2&year=ALL
Coullee Region reports
www.rocknk.com/conditions.html?PHPSESSID=977f1a555f3e1542ef969a57455
74bfa
DNR Root River Report
www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/fhp/fish/lakemich/rootriverreport.htm
Fly Fisherman MidWestern States reports
shop.flyfishing.about.com/fishing_rep/12/index1.htm
Kiap Stream Reports and Discussion Site
from Kiap-TU
www.lambcom.net/index.html
Lower Kinnickinnic
www.spacestar.net/users/bobmitch/wissrpt.html#Lower%20Kinnickinnic%2
0River
Madison Lakes report
www.madisonlakes.com
Oak Creek, WI – River Reports
great information from a great website
www.cichlidrecipe.com/ramblingreports
Pike River, WI – River Reports
from Rambling Reports – www.cichlidrecipe.com/ramblingreports/
www.cichlidrecipe.com/ramblingreports/reports/byriver_pikeWI.asp
Root River, WI – River Reports
from Rambling Reports – www.cichlidrecipe.com/ramblingreports/
www.cichlidrecipe.com/ramblingreports/reports/byriver_rootWI.asp
Rush River
www.spacestar.net/users/bobmitch/wissrpt.html#Rush%20River
The Steelhead Site
Good Forum on fishing the great lakes tribs in Wisconsin
steelheadsite.com/reports/wisconsin/
Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co’s online reports page
www.tightlinesflyshop.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=3
Upper Kinnickinnic
www.spacestar.net/users/bobmitch/wissrpt.html#Upper%20Kinnickinnic%2
0River
Western Wisconsin reports
www.bentleysoutfitters.com/streamreports/index.asp?todo=view&water_id=2&year=2004
WI fishing reports from The FLy Fishers
www.theflyfishers.com/reporthome.asp
Willow River
www.spacestar.net/users/bobmitch/wissrpt.html#Willow%20River
Wisconsin (Lake Michigan / Superior Tribs) reports
from Rambling Reports (www.ramblingreports.com/)
Wisconsin Outdoor Report
from Wisconsin DNR
wi.gov/org/caer/ce/news/or/2005/or051205.htm

Wisconsin Stream Flows
Wisconsin Rivers Streamflows
waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/current/?type=flow

Wisconsin Fly Fishing Forums

Chicagolandfishing.com Forums – Wisconsin forum
www.chicagolandfishing.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=14&sid=86df0d89897
855f24ec8a8702c000fe9
Midwest Trout Fishing
www.midwesttroutfishing.com/wisconsin/wisconsinGuestBook.asp
FishReports.net
Wisconsin
www.fishreports.net/fishing/messages/2/849.html
Fatman’s Flyfishing Forum
Wisconsin fishing reports forum from guide Rich Brown
amazingforums.com/forum/FISHFAT/forum.html
Lake-Link.com – Wisconsin Fishing Reports
wi.lake-link.com/fishreports/index.cfm?

Wisconsin Fly Fishing Shops

Eagle Sports Center
702 Wall Street, Eagle River, WI 54521, (715) 479-8804
www.eaglesportscenter.com
Laacke and Joys
1433 N. Water St. Milwaukee, WI 53202 414-271-7878
www.laackeandjoys.com/
Midwest Fly Fishing Outfitters
Brookfield, WI 53089 (414) 299-9022
www.midwestflyfishing.com/
The Fly Fishers
9617 W. Greenfield Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53214 414-259-8100
www.theflyfishers.com
Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co. Online Store
1534 Mid Valley Dr, De Pere, WI 54115 (920) 336-4106
www.tightlinesflyshop.com

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