Central Wisconsin fishing report by Guide Jerry!
After the wake of the storms that created havoc in the area water levels were quite high and unfishable. Water levels are back in their banks. With the light rain we should see things come back to normal but our systems are pretty saturated. Grassy banks and shaded area’s are your best bet this time of the year. Plan on fishing early mornings and afternoons for the most productive periods of the day. If you’re out mid day have plenty of water and fish in shade. Water temps 58-68. You may want to invest in a thermometer. As some systems rise above the 64 degree mark fishing will slow anything 68 and above can be deadly to fish in. Top flies- think terrestrials! Hoppers, beetles, ants on top. Subsurface same game. Girtle bugs, worms, oversized nymphs! Have fun fishing!
Streams are dropping and clearing. It’s terrestrial season! Ants, beetles and hoppers. Fish are really starting to key in on the “plop” that these larger flies make and are willing to move some distance to eat. Of course you’ll want to get as close to the target as you can but this time of the year you can be a little sloppy and the fish are forgiving. We are into full swing summer fishing. Spend your time wisely. Fish early in mornings and evenings for the best results. For the bug guys evening caddis are around a size 14 elk hair will fill the bill nicely. The hex has begun to slow down with a few stragglers popping every night yet. Over to the dark side. If night fishing is your thing, mousing is starting to pick up with fish chasing hard and not afraid of the prey size. Mouse patterns in 2s and 4s. Don’t over look large streamers. Fish are willing to eat them as well. Good luck and go fish! Guide Jerry K.
Water levels are returning to normal. Water is still pretty murky but at least it’s in its banks again. Upper reaches of streams are dropping and clearing. If you can find clear water, fish are looking up and eating well. Terrestrial’s are the main diet now. Fish are watching for the plop of beetles, ants, and hoppers. The hoppers we’re seeing stream side are roughly 14-12 bright green.
Streams south of Portage and Wood county saw quite a bit of rain this week. Water levels are back up and the fishing will slow for a few days. The Hex is in full swing with hatches occurring in Wood, Portage, Adams , Waushara and Waupaca Counties. Even with the high water bugs are still coming off. The challenge is to get to your sport safely. With the recent rains events it may slow things down a bit but fish are looking up and are excited for the biomass. Day time fishing has been productive with larger steamers and nymphs. Caddis and cranes when the sun is out. There are still reports of brown drakes and Sulphur’s pre hex fishing so don’t ignore the smaller flies. A few days without rain should get the systems back to normal summer levels.- Guide Jerry
Streams our out of their banks again with recent rains. Bugs are starting to appear in the lower sections of the white river. Nothing going on locally to the Stevens Point area. Sulphurs, caddis and cranes around. And the fish are looking up. Beetles and Ants have taken off. Fishing some of the smaller water with shorter drainage would be recommended for any anglers wanting to venture out. Otherwise leeches streamers and San Juan worms will pick up fish in the higher water.
River banks are back to normal even with showers this week. The water temps have increased slightly to 55 degrees. Caddis for trout has been the “flavor of day”. Pan fish to include Blue Gills, Sun Fish are just starting to come to the shorelines after the unusually cold month of May.
Streams in Portage County are back in their banks. Water temps are consistent 52 degrees and rising with increased temps last weekend and coming days. Trout are rising to Caddis flies in the evening. Water is still dark abut a foot and half of visibility.
Muskies are still “chopping” at the bit currently in the Wisconsin River. Heavier than normal rainfall in May and rising water has not slowed down the fishing. Murky water would encourage anglers to revert back to brighter flies to attract.
Temperatures rebound after a very unlike May cool and rainy weekend. The streams and rivers are high with over inch of rainfall. Cloudy waters with swirling sediment will make the early part of this weeks fishing challenging. Later in the week forecast will make favorable conditions and should bring back calming conditions with water tempts back in 50’s.
Fishing report for the week of 6 May 2019, Caddis around 10am, Water temps are 49-54 degrees. Water clarity is coming back to our streams. With this week’s rain events things will slow down a bit but should pick up again by the weekend. Lot of standing water locally. Fish are looking up where there are caddis. General size 14 will work but grey black in a size 16-18 are the choice food source right now. Streamers are catching fish still and large scruffy nymphs will take fish also.
Streams and Rivers are high but has not effected fishing. The recent rain the area has received has helped move the fish more but has not added to sediment movement or clarity of water. Conditions are currently very good and should continue to improve with temperatures in the coming week slightly rising.