Wisconsin River - Lower, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Wisconsin River, WI
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Wisconsin River - Lower, Wisconsin Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Smallie fishing is in full swing on the river. Look for baitfish and structure to find feeding fish. Northern pike and musky are feeding too.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Wisconsin River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Jacquish Hollow Angler
Great Northern Fly Fishing

Water flow: 16700

Visibility: 12 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 73 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Any time of

Best stretch: County Y launch (Mazomanie) to Arena

Best access point: Multiple access points; best include VFW launch in Prairie du Sac, Hwy 12 launch in Sauk City, and Hwy Y launch in Mazomanie

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Small silver baitfish-- gizzard shad and minnows-- are the primary forage food for game fish. Crease flies are a good imitation, as well as deceivers. A swimming baitfish pattern will also provide a lot of action to attract fish.

Fish species: Smallmouth bass

Fishing season: May through October is prime time

Nearest airport: Dane County Regional Airport

Lower Wisconsin River Description

Flowing freely for ninety miles below the Prairie du Sac dam, the lower Wisconsin riverway is southern Wisconsin's premier warmwater fishery. Early spring is prime-time for walleye; smallmouth bass are the primary target through the summer and into early fall; and muskellunge close out the unofficial season in late fall. Fishing opportunities abound, and one is just as likely to hook into white bass, panfish, ...

Techniques & Tips

Fish deep and keep your fly moving. Fish are actively feeding. Check the USGS website for temperature and flow rates, with recent rains the water levels are up, so be cautious, especially if wading or planning a multi day trip on the river.

7-Day Forecast

Friday, June 26 This Afternoon Showers and thunderstorms. High near 79. West wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Tonight Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Calm wind. Sunday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Sunday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southeast wind around 6 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Monday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph. Monday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Tuesday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southeast wind around 6 mph. Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southeast wind around 6 mph. Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Light and variable wind. Friday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.


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