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Water flow: 140cfs
Visibility: 24 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 59 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Morning annd evenings
Best stretch: Try the section at the campgrounds at Avalanche, and upstream near the town of Bloomingdale. Avanlanche provides an excellent place to park and enter the stream; fish upstream until you get to the road and walk back to your car (approx. 3 hours of fishing)
Best access point: Good to excellent access up and down - also at any bridge crossing
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Mayflies, caddis, midges
Fish species: Browns, Rainbows, Brookies
Fishing season: March 1 - September 30
Nearest airport: Dane County Regional Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 8' 6" 4 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
The Kickapoo river begins near Wilton, Wisconsin and flows south through a deep valley cut into the hilly Driftless Zone of southwest Wisconsin offering close to 30 miles of designated trout water. It empties into the Wisconsin River near Wauzeka, Wisconsin. The river is very crooked, frequently doubling back on itself as it flows through the Wisconsin landscape. Because of the extremely crooked path of the ...
river, its source at Wilton is just 60 miles (100 km) from its mouth at Wauzeka, although the river is about 130 miles (210 km) long. The Kickapoo, the longest tributary of the Wisconsin River, drains over 800 square miles (2,100 km²) of land in Monroe, Vernon, Richland, and Crawford Counties.
West Fork produces well on a variety of nymphs (Phesant Tail, GHRE, Pink Squirrel, Scuds), streamers (Woolly Bugger, leeches), and has plenty of dry fly activity throughout the season. Stop by the store to find what you need to match the hatch!
A nice stretch of cooler days ahead should make for some improving fishing conditions. Low, clear waters. Best time to fish is still early morning and evening. Keep an eye on stream temps and lay off if they get into the high 60s or above, as it can be lethal to trout.