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There are few fish more challenging to land on…

There are few fish more challenging to land on 4lb test than these!

It seems I usually catch keeper fish when I do…

It seems I usually catch keeper fish when I don’t have a cooler, but this time I was actually prepared

Cabin Fever Day

The annual fundraiser for Fox Valley Trout Unlimited is Saturday, January 20. Please stop by to support conservation of cold water habitat. I will have a booth there to promote fishing in the Sand Counties, lure making, and spinner fishing for trout.

2017 Trout Year in Review

Well, another year has come and gone.

In 2017 I broke my
records for most fishing trips and for most trout caught. I was able to tally
more backcountry fishing than usual because there were ample opportunities in
alpine lakes where I backpacked this year. I fished in several states –
California, North Carolina, Michigan, and Wyoming. I also spent a little longer
in the Driftless Area in the Spring.

I discovered several new
spots closer to home, too. This year’s highlights included new stops on Wedde
Creek, Soules Creek, and Willow Creek.  

I continued to use my
hand made spinners for all of my trout fishing, mostly with silver blades but
occasionally with gold. I’ve drastically reduced the number of spinners I lose,
so I think I have a lifetime supply in inventory at this point.   

Stats for my entire 12
year trout fishing career are tabulated below. This year, I caught 328 brown
trout, 103 brookies and splake, 30 rainbows, and 8 cutthroats. And my one skunk
in 2017 really wasn’t that bad, because I did catch a smallmouth but no trout.

2017: 51 trips, 1 skunk,
469 fish
2016: 43 trips, 1 skunk, 411 fish
2015: 36 trips, 3 skunks,194 fish
2014: 35 trips, 3 skunks, 230 fish
2013: 38 trips, 3 skunks, 245 fish 
2012: 36 trips, 1 skunk, 253 fish
2011: 27 trips, 0 skunks, 216 fish
2010: 36 trips, 8 skunks, 168 fish
2009: 36 trips, 3 skunks, 167 fish
2008: 33 trips, 5 skunks, 135 fish
2007: 23 trips, 1 skunk, 80 fish
2006: 1 trip, 0 skunks, 1 fish

I’m looking forward to more great fishing in 2018. 

Tight lines, and see you on the stream!

Cabin Fever Day

Don’t miss the fundraiser for Fox Valley TU on January 20. I’ll have a booth there to talk about spinning for trout and making your own lures.

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I’m such a sucker for color variations within fish species

I’m such a sucker for color variations within fish species

Sometimes a rough day at work just demands you go Bluegill…

Sometimes a rough day at work just demands you go Bluegill fishing

These fish don’t get much prettier than this

These fish don’t get much prettier than this

Last Day of the Season

Yesterday was October 15, the last day of the regular inland trout season in Wisconsin. The morning was rainy, and so I waited until later in the day than usual to head out for one last day of fishing.

I picked Soules Creek, a stream I had never fished before. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The books describe it as being in the middle of the swamp, so I was prepared for some soggy steps to get to the river.

The DNR map showed a parking area where I wanted to start, but I couldn’t see it on the Google maps satellite view. When I got there, I saw why. The lot was at the end of a driveway that angled into the woods. I forgot my GPS unit, so I wasn’t sure how far it would be from the car to the stream.

I took a reading on my compass, and started bushwhacking. Well, the stream was only about six steps from the car!

From the edge of the bank, before I even really jumped in, I caught a medium size brown trout on my second cast, and another on my third. I was already liking Soules Creek.

The trout came hot and heavy as I worked my way upstream. Eventually, I totaled fourteen browns and two brook trout. That made for a great last day of the season, and I’ll be adding this spot to my list for an annual visit.

It was a bluegill kind of day, the best kind of day

It was a bluegill kind of day, the best kind of day