Milwaukee River, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Milwaukee River, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The river has shaped up quite nicely with flows more consistent with averages around this time of year. The bass and pike bite is picking up as temps rise. Quarter down stream, swing/strip up stream, pause (this is KEY), and strip-set. Cover water to locate holding areas and always remember to use good etiquette while on the river. *Stop in the shop to pick up 2018-2019 Fishing Regulations or visit the WI DNR's website if you have any questions regarding rules and regulations!*
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Milwaukee River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: Moderate

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 70 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early Morning, Late Afternoon

Best stretch: Between North Ave in the City of Milwaukee up to the Grafton Dam in Grafton, WI.

Best access point: Hubbard Park, Estabrook Park falls, Kletsch Park falls

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

None applicable.

Fish species: Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Steelhead, Chinook/Coho Salmon, Brown Trout

Fishing season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Nearest airport: General Mitchell International Airport

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Milwaukee River Description

The Milwaukee River runs from the northern suburbs of Milwaukke through the heart of the city and offers seasonal steelhead, brown trout, and salmon fishing in the spring and fall, as well as a great warm water fishery for smallmouth bass in the summer.

Techniques & Tips

Swing and strip streamers through troughs and deep pools. "Bang the Banks" with topwater flies. These are the best tactics for targeting smallmouth bass this time of year.

7-Day Forecast

Highs will be varying between the high 70's to low 80s this week. Lows will drop down to the 60s during the nights . Mostly sunny and clear all week.

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