West Fork Kickapoo River, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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West Fork Kickapoo River, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Creeks are clear to slightly stained with temps in the high 50s to low 60s. Tuesday is forecasted to be the hottest day the rest of this week. Once again, get out here and fish! We do not get mid August weather like this often and the trout are in VERY good moods. Hopper/dropper is the key right now as hatches are sparse. Seek out the creeks with lots of bankside vegetation and even some shady areas and fish later in the morning and through the day. Terrestrials are not active first thing in the morning when there is dew on the grass. Early morning, and on the more open water, tight line nymphing, competition style fishing, or nymphing deep with an indicator will catch fish. They are a bit unwilling when the sun is overhead so fish early and late. Hatches are very sparse (which is normal this time of year) so focus on simple generalist patterns like purple parachutes and royal stacker midges for the surface bite.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
8 / 20 / 2019
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing West Fork Kickapoo River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Dave Barron

Water flow: --

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Morning and evening on sunny days, midday can be very good as well, weather depending

Best stretch: Avoid the section at the Westfork campground at Avalanche. The campground is still recovering from last fall's flood damage. There are better sections north of the Y bridge. Fish upstream. You can also go to several spots downstream of the golf course and at the intersection of Cty S and Hwy 82.

Best access point: Good to excellent access up and down - also at any bridge crossing

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Summer has heated up and Tricos are active in the morning. Fish using nymphs as well as hopper/stimulator & droppers. Try mousing at dusk!

Fish species: Browns, Rainbows, Brookies

Fishing season: Trout season is open thru October 15 in Wisconsin

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. 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. The waters are productive from morning til dark. Be patient and if nothing is working try something that the heavily pressured fish haven't seen.

7-Day Forecast

Tuesday, Aug 20 Tonight A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. North wind 6 to 8 mph. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southeast wind around 7 mph. Sunday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 7 to 13 mph. Sunday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Monday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. South wind around 8 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. West wind 3 to 6 mph. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 3 to 6 mph.


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