Milwaukee River, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Milwaukee River, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Though there are fish in, PLEASE be carful. Any flow over 900cfs is too big. If this font holds, water should be perfect by early next week. Get out there and do some scouting, as river patterns have changed since the removal of the dam and the flooding. You trusty honey hole many have shifted... Fish will not be stacked up in holes along the river and will be moving a little more freely. If you are looking to fish do so early and late in the day for your best shot at catching something decent. Lake run fish may possibly be targeted from the shore, roll casting at either Estrabrook Park falls or Kletzsch Park falls. The flows will start to lower after rain events are over. Swings in the barometric pressure are great for getting fish moving. The bass and pike bite is picking up as temps shift. Once water levels are wadeable, quarter down stream, swing/strip up stream, pause (this is KEY), and strip-set. Look to shade lines with cover, structure and holes. 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 Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: BLOWN OUT

Visibility: 1 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 69 Degrees F

Water condition: Muddy

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

Fish are moving in! Water level still very high and dangerous to wade. The water will continue to drop and clear as long as we don't get another couple of rain days. Dead-drift or swing ESL's/Eggs/Buggers through the steams and hold on.

7-Day Forecast

Partly or mostly sunny throughout the week, highs in the mid 70's, lows every night around 60.

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