Tuesday, June 12, 2012

wisconsin river smallmouth bass

It started with steelhead and salmon and progressed to stream trout. Then the local pond bluegills began to fall victim to dries and now it’s the bass that are chasing down the feather and fur. It really has been a transformation ever since I first picked up a fly rod and now the pinnacle of every species is taking a respectable specimen with a self tied imitation.

flyfishing the upper wisconsin river
 Just starting to jump into the warm water fly fishing, the upper Wisconsin River could possibly be one of the best venues in the entire state. Known for the smallmouth and musky fishing, the river here is teaming with an abundance of some of the most desirable game fish in the entire state of Wisconsin. There are plenty of resident fish to keep you busy year round as well as migratory runs from the connecting flowages and lakes that will seasonally pack the river with fish. In one single morning here we caught smallmouth, largemouth, red horse, crappie, rock bass, walleye, pike, and lost a musky on the rocks. If that doesn't speak for the diversity of this fishery then I don’t know what would.

wisconsin river smallmouth bass

17 comments:

  1. WOW! that is a killer river small mouth! You sir, deserve a HIGH FIVE!

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  2. Wow, sounds like our resident Potomac and Shenandoah, even a chance at some Carp bigger than your legs.

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    1. gotta love rivers like that, never know what exactly is on the end of your line

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  3. excellent smallie, Blake. How "upper" were you? Been wondering about the first big bend area near Central WI.

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    1. this was the Rhinelander area so it was pretty far up there

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  4. One stream and fish for the entire year, can't beat that.

    Mark

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    1. yup, this unfortunately is about 5 hours from home

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  5. Blake
    This post just goes to show the diversity of the fly, that is why I love the sport so. What a great way to be challenged with the fly rod. Thanks for sharing

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  6. WOW! That is one beautiful smallmouth. I really like the markings.

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    1. Thanks, it was not the biggest of the trip but i did feel like it was the best looking

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  7. That smallie is a tank! I bet the fight was awesome!

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    1. It was awesome. This trip was was the first time I fished em on the fly. May be hard to go back after that?

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