West Fork Kickapoo River, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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West Fork Kickapoo River, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Early Trout Season Is Open - Keep em Wet! Fish gills can freeze in low temperatures, so do your best to keep fish in the water. As temps cool down, this may shut down the activity a bit. Midges and winter stones may show up in the sunny part of the day. Otherwise rolling a scud on the bottom will get some fish to eat. To get down deep, use tungsten head nymphs and streamers(leech) Use a slower presentation.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
2 / 16 / 2019
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing West Fork Kickapoo River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Dave Barron

Water flow: --

Visibility: 6 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: midday

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:

Warm afternoon temperatures may help with small hatches of Blue Wing Olives. Midges can be seen with warmer temps as well. Fish using nymphs and streamers for the best effectiveness.

Fish species: Browns, Rainbows, Brookies

Fishing season: Trout Season reopens this Saturday, Jan 5, 2019

Nearest airport: Dane County Regional Airport

Kickapoo River, West Fork Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

Driftless trout are easily spooked so be covert. In the Winter, fish deep. Streamers and nymph patterns can be very effective at this time. Keep your eyes open and see what insect life is present. On warm winter days look for Blue Winged Olives and midges. Fish midday. Be patient and if nothing is working try something that the heavily pressured fish haven't seen.

7-Day Forecast

Saturday February 16 This Afternoon Partly sunny, with a high near 23. East wind 3 to 7 mph. Tonight Snow, mainly after 4am. Low around 15. East wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Sunday Snow. High near 24. East wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Sunday Night Snow, mainly before 7pm. Low around 10. Northeast wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Washington's Birthday A 20 percent chance of snow before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21. North wind around 7 mph. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. West wind 3 to 6 mph. Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Tuesday Night Snow likely after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. East wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Wednesday Snow. High near 25. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Wednesday Night Snow, mainly before 7pm. Low around 16. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 27. West wind around 7 mph. Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 29. West wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Sunday A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22. East wind around 7 mph. Sunday Night A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Monday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Northeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

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