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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