Fishing Reports

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Driftless Area - April 20th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 A bit of rain over the past 24 hours (about an inch total) has given us cloud cover, but not stained the water significantly.  Expect clear to stained waters area wide.  Water temperatures are in the high 40s to mid 50s.
  These cloudy days have given us olive hatches and more rising fish!  They will suppress the black caddis hatch a bit, but not having the sun shine on the water is a good thing right now.
  Fish are happily eating scuds, pink belly pheasant tail nymphs, frenchies, and leeches subsurface.  They will start rising in the mid day to olives and midges.
 
Driftless Area - April 18th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Fishing remains solid.  Black caddis have started to show up area wide in decent numbers.
  Creeks are low and clear, and the sun shining most of today.  Tomorrow's clouds are looking good!
Caddis, olives, craneflies and midges on the surface.
Scuds, cranefly larvae, caddis larvae, pink squirrels and other thicker bodied nymphs sub surface.
Leeches and streamers are working too!
 
Driftless Area - April 17th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
EDIT: 11:30 a.m.  A few black caddis reported hatching on the Timber Coulee system.  Not the major hatch, but a good warm up.

 As nice as he weather has been, we can't wait for the sun to go behind some clouds!
  Sunny today and quite warm.  We did have a little more dry fly activity yesterday as well as fish feeding on the surface, but we have yet to see a major hatch.  Midges, olives, and crane flies are flying around, and black caddies are due to show up any minute.
  Subsurface fishing has been solid on scuds, squirrels, and pheasant tails.
  Waters as clear to slightly stained with temps near 50 in the morning.  It is warm enough for fish to chase leeches and streamers as well as vfeed at night.
 
Driftless Area - April 16th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Fishing remains tough, but still fun!
The sun has made fishing a bit more work than usual for this time of year.  Instead of the first few drifts, it is taking some extra time on each spot to get fish to eat.
  The rocks are plastered with bugs, just waiting to hatch.  Olives, black caddis, craneflies, even Hendricksons have been spotted, but not in high enough numbers for good surface action.
  The subsurface fishing has been solid on heavily weighted scuds and nymphs twitched and rolled along the bottom.
  Leeches also remain very effective.
 
Driftless Area - April 15th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Fishing has been good, but we are still waiting for something big to happen to make it really take off.
 Black caddis have started to be spotted in small numbers, but nothing to really get fish excited yet.  There are olives around, and we have even started to see some craneflies.  The bright, sunny sky has prevented excellent surface feeding.
  Subsurface fishing has been solid on frenchies, pheasant tails and scuds, while fish are chasing leeches and streamers in the shaded pools and undercut banks.
  Water temperatures are in the mid 40s to mid 50s and waters are clear to slightly stained area wide.
 
Driftless Area - April 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 62 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Fishing has been fun!
  Olives hatching and falling in the evening times.  Midges are also getting some fish to rise.  When we get a bit more cloud cover, the dry fly fishing will be excellent.
  Subsurface is where it is at right now!  Scuds, frenchies, pheasant tail nymphs, leeches, and midge larvae are being eaten well in the deeper runs and shady areas.  The sun is the limiting factor the past couple of days.
  Waters are flowing normally with a slight stain to perfect clarity.