Tough Summertime Fishing in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region   10 comments

Stephen Rose and I have been planning to take a trip to Vernon and Richland Counties for a few months now, and the stars aligned in our schedules to allow that trip to happen. We didn’t plan on Wisconsin being in the middle of a drought, though, and that made the fishing a bit tougher than we’d hoped.

We managed to catch a dozen fish between ourselves, but nothing with any real size. We saw a pike in Coon Creek and scouted a pair of 20-plus-inch fish as well, but the sun and biting flies got to be a bit much so we headed in to Borgen’s in Westby for some burgers, beers, and pie.

We caught our suppers each night, supplemented with venison brats and tabouli, and washed down with cold beers. We camped for free in Hennessy Hammocks and avoided a few bulls in their pastures without incident.

Stephen and I both agreed that we won’t be taking another extended trip to fish for trout until we get some more rain. Water levels are low and many streams are warm (though some are suprisingly cool, even well down their drainages). I was happy to see that even though we’ve been without rain, the streams appear healthy and the fish happy, and for the most part, the Driftless continues to show off its lushness.

Enjoy the photos for now, and looking forward, expect a few videos of our trip on the site too.

 

Coon Creek in Vernon County, Wisconsin

Coon Creek in Vernon County, Wisconsin

 

Scouting some big trout, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Scouting some big trout, Vernon County, Wisconsin

 

Stephen enjoying lunch at Borgen's, Westby, Wisconsin

Stephen enjoying lunch at Borgen’s, Westby, Wisconsin

 

Sharp Car...

Sharp Car…

 

Pecan Pie? Are you kidding me?! Borgen's in Westby, Wisconsin

Pecan Pie? Are you kidding me?! Borgen’s in Westby, Wisconsin

 

Coon Creek Brown near Coon Valley, Wiscsonsin

Coon Creek Brown near Coon Valley, Wiscsonsin

 

Preparing supper along Coon Creek, Wisconsin

Preparing supper along Coon Creek, Wisconsin

 

It always tastest better right out of the stream...

It always tastest better right out of the stream…

 

The Big Dipper above Wisconsin's Driftless

The Big Dipper above Wisconsin’s Driftless

 

 

Camp Creek Brown Trout, near Viola, Wisconsin

Camp Creek Brown Trout, near Viola, Wisconsin

 

 

 

This stretch of Camp Creek is kind of pretty, don't you think?

This stretch of Camp Creek is kind of pretty, don’t you think?

 

Stephen with a fish on, Camp Creek, Wisconsin

Stephen with a fish on, Camp Creek, Wisconsin

 

The Camp Creek Bandit.

The Camp Creek Bandit.

 

If the biting flies hadn't carried us away, we'd have stayed all day. Camp Creek, Wisconsin

If the biting flies hadn’t carried us away, we’d have stayed all day. Camp Creek, Wisconsin

 

 

 

10 responses to “Tough Summertime Fishing in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region

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  1. When you say “biting flies” are you referring to gnats?
    I keep a small spray bottle of vanilla extract in my vest for just such an occasion.
    It’s worked pretty well for me so far, and smells good to boot.

    • Interesting solution, Pat. Hard to believe that works.

      The bugs that gave us trouble were gnat-like. I suppose they’re also called black flies. The damn things were terrible. We cut our fishing short because of them.

      Have you been out lately? Had any success?

      Tom

  2. Wonderful pictures. I love the one of the big dipper. Very cool!

    Mom

  3. I am so happy for you guys! Great pictures and FANTASTIC place! Thank you for sharing!

    • It certainly is a fantastic place. Glad you like the pictures. Is Greece having a drought this year too? We haven’t had any rain at all for months.

      • If by drought you mean having problem with the tap water in home, then no we don’t. But we don’t expect rain until September. This was happening years ago and mostly in some villages (mine too). I remember we had tap water once in 5-6 days so we were filling the bathtub to have plently to drink. Anyway… We had 43 °C three days ago. No it dropped around 32. Considering the past 20 years (as far as I can remember) this has been the year with the most snow and rain during the winter and spring time.

        The major problem here in the summer is the wildfires. I’ve heard about Colorado’s wildfire… that was so sad. Such an amazing place was destroyed.

      • That kind of puts things into perspective. We aren’t having any issues with our tap water. In fact I can’t remember a time we’ve had tap water issues in all of my 35 years.

        Sorry to hear about the fires. Colorado will be OK. Tough for those who’s homes are gone though. Many of the trees in the Rockies are dead because of pine beetles. It’s a tinderbox.

        Tom

  4. Great pictures man!

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