The Driftless region spring creeks are still running cold and with plenty of water. The trout are happy and hungry giving us an early start on one of the best months of the year to trout fish in southwest Wisconsin-September. This is also a good time to pursue big fish because they’re putting on the feed bag in preparation for spawning and the coming winter. Though the major hatches are behind us for the year, there’s still a diversity of opportunities and tactics you can use: Terrestrial fishing(best hopper action of the year), Dry/Dropper, indicator nymphing, and streamer fishing. Let’s not forget the technical dry fly fishing that includes blue wing olives on cloudy afternoons and evenings, tricos early-late morning, and midges and caddis in the evening. September is also a good time to fish the upper stretches of primary streams and feeder streams because they attract and concentrate trout in search of cooler water temperatures and spawning habitat.
The Lower Wisconsin River is now at normal summer level and is fishing decent, the trick right now is not to start too early in the morning due to cooler overnight lows and water temperatures. This is a good month to fish the river because we’re seeing more big fish, the bass are puttin’ on the feed bag in preparation for winter; and some interesting bycatch occurs in the form of walleye, sauger, and nice northern pike. The same minnow patterns I covered last time still work, poppers will work but only on warmer afternoons. Fish the deep holes and trenches at the bottom of sandbars, wood cover along the banks, and any fishy looking depression you see.
Terrestrials: Dave’s Hopper #10-14, Morrish Hopper #12 Tan, Point Guard Beetle, Chubby Chernobyl #12=14, Bionic Ant, Hi-Viz Foam Beetle.
Morning Dries: Trico #20-22, Sproat Midge Gray #22 and Cream #24.
Afternoon/Evening Dries: Baetis Sparkle Dun #20-22, Snow Shoe Baetis #22, Baetis Spinner #24, X-Caddis #18 Tan, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18 Tan, Griffith’s Gnat #20-22.
Nymphs: Spring creek Scud Gray, Hunchback Scud, Tungsten FlashBack Pheasant Tail #16-18, Copper John #16-18 Red.
Streamers: Rubber Leg Crystal Bugger Olive #6-8, Leechinator, Craig’s Spring Creek Leech Olive #8, and Bead Head Woolly Bugger #6.
Smallmouth Bass: UFM Baitfish Shad #2 and Olive/white #1/0, Mini Murdich Minnow, Bass Buster Bugger, Clouser Minnow chart/yellow #2, Umpqua Bass Popper White and Mr. Minnow.
Wednesday, September 20th 6:00PM - 7:30PM | Westside Location Only!
If fly fishing for peacock bass is on your bucket list, this is a must attend event. I went on this trip back in March and can personally vouch for the quality of the fishery, the accommodations, the lodge staff, guides, and safety.