Friday, March 18, 2011

Trout Fishing Western Dane Saturday

I will be trout fishing Western Dane county tomorrow. Sunny high of 50 with light winds, sounds like it will be a nice day. I am planning on getting up earlier than usual for the early season. Should be stream side by 7:30-8:00 a.m. planning on spin fishing and fly fishing. This week we have been catching a good amount of smaller browns and rainbows in the upper sections of the area systems. Water temperatures have hit the magic number and are ranging from 43-46 degrees in most streams in the area. Further West into Iowa, Grant, Richland, Vernon, Monroe and Crawford counties streams are running high and muddy in most cases. Snow melt coming off the North facing slopes is also chilling the streams a fair amount. I have heard that smaller streams and headwaters are already clearing and will be ready to fish in the morning in the Western most counties. To the North it sounds like fishing will not be ready Sauk, Columbia, Marquette, Green Lake and Waushara counties have very high water.
Gear for tomorrow.

Spin fishing - starting off using the New Rapala x-rap 04 in brown trout (Must have lure!!) Panther Martins and 2 inch berkley power grubs (black)
Fly Fishing - Pink Squirrels and wolly buggers for the most part.


  1. Good luck Mike. Holding up on clear water in western WI or Goodhue County MN. It will be until at least mid-week before I try and get out. Please post on DTA, we have missed your posts. Lucky guy to be able to find clear water.

    Hey take some photos of fish with the X-Rap XR4 in their mouths OK? Good luck!

  2. What the heck is a pink squirrel?Nice to be out, and your weather looks much like ours right now.

  3. Richard,

    The Pink Squirrel is a regional favorite. It was invented by John Bethke.
    Here is a link to view what the fly looks like. I fish it under a indicator.