Milwaukee River, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Milwaukee River, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The bass bite is on! Locate structure, cast to it and strip your fly back towards yourself aggressively, pausing every few strips. Fishing seams and dead drifting flies can be a good technique also. Smallies can be located in pools and depressions throughout the river or anywhere with good structure. Remember that it's always a good idea to explore/prospect/fish with a partner, even if you know the stretch of river you're fishing. The river is finally to it's summertime low point, so it's a great time to get out and wade it and get familiar with a new stretch. Remember that with rain, river levels fluctuate. Stay safe and have fun out there!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Milwaukee River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: Fishable = 250cfs - 800cfs / Low = 200 / High = 800 / Blown Out = 1000+

Visibility: 24 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: Chinook/Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Steelhead, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Carp, Panfish

Fishing season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Nearest airport: General Mitchell International Airport

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

*River Fishing: Warmwater Species*: Fish streamers varying amounts of strips upon retrieval. Also, try Dead-drifting a crayfish patterns, buggers and nymphs, maintaining as drag free of a drift as possible, use weights to get flies into the feeding zone and an indicator to set your depth if necessary. Look to shade/foam lines with cover, structure and holes. Keep tension on your line and your rod tip low, close to the water. *River Fishing: Anadromous Species*: fish tailouts of runs, heads of pools and eddys. Swinging streamers or dead drifting nymphs or eggs are both effective methods at the beginning of the runs. Using a tapered leader, split shot and an indicator to get your flies into the feeding zone and set your depth if necessary. Fast or Super Fast sinking Polyleader can also be an effective solution to getting your flies into the feeding zone. Feeding zones are generally from the river bed to about 6" above for most species. Coho and Steelehead will feed in the entire water column including topwater depending on water conditions.

7-Day Forecast

20 - 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms throughout the week. Daily highs in the upper 80s and low 90s. Overnight lows in the low 70s.


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