Paradise Springs, Wisconsin   5 comments

Paradise Springs in Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Paradise Springs in Waukesha County, Wisconsin

 

This place, no doubt, is special. There is a good-sized spring that empties into a crystal-clear pool, and this pool holds some of the best-educated Brook Trout in the state, and perhaps the nation. The reason: These fish are captive and they are hunted, almost constantly, by trout anglers. When I arrived I expected to see a car in the lot, maybe two at most. But the lot was full. Half of the cars belonged to fishermen. The 50-degree temps didn’t help to keep the crowds down.

The two anglers I spoke with, both from Illinois, were on their way out and claimed that they had each “got a couple” of fish fooled.

So I went up the short trail, found a spot amongst 5 other anglers, and tried a copper john below a hopper. A cast into this pool is like an explosion going off. The ripples travel forever across the water and there’s no sneaking up on anything. One by one, the other anglers relented and I did too. There was one solitary fisherman left once I had decided to reel in my line and become a day hiker. I never did see anyone catch a fish, but they’re in there, and they sure look appealing.

 

An angler at Paradise Springs, Wisconsin

An angler at Paradise Springs, Wisconsin

 

Spring House at Paradise Springs

Spring House at Paradise Springs

 

Spring House, Paradadise Springs, Wisconsin

Spring House, Paradadise Springs, Wisconsin

 

Water welling up from the earth, Paradise Springs, Wisconsin

Water welling up from the earth, Paradise Springs, Wisconsin

 

Paradise Springs, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Paradise Springs, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

 

An old cabin along the Scuppernong River below Paradise Springs, Wisconsin

An old cabin along the Scuppernong River below Paradise Springs, Wisconsin

 

5 responses to “Paradise Springs, Wisconsin

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  1. It is so cool to see these images! I visited this place countless times in my youth, though not as a fisherman. It was a remarkable place for myself and my co-conspirators to indulge in the fantasies of our far off adulthoods while standing around indulging in things that we dare not contemplate as adults.

    It’s a memory of myself which is filled partly with embarrassment but also great affection. I have genuinely missed this place. I’m glad those fish are tough to catch, if they weren’t they wouldn’t be there.

    Thanks for the post. It was certainly a nice day to be out there.

    • I’m glad the photos conjured up memories. I feel the same way when I go back to places I knew as a kid. That’s one nice thing about moving away from the community you grew up in. You can return and experience these instant time warps.

      Interesting take on the fishing. I was less happy about the fish being difficult to catch, but I suppose part of the allure of fishing for trout with a fly rod is that it isn’t a guarantee. That’s what panfish are for, right?

      It is a really remarkable place.

  2. if you want to catch the brookies there you need to go in the early season or on weekdays. i went wednesday and cought 3 9ish in fish. the big ones only bite if your real careful to sneak up on them, can cast well, and have a super convincing fly with a hard to see hook.

  3. If we’d wanted a predictable sport we’d have taken up bowling.

    Benbow Cheesman

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