March 2017 was different than previous years in that the Wisconsin C/R season was already open. Die hard trout anglers had been hitting the steams for 2 months. By the middle of March BWO’s were making their appearance and some nice fish were taken.
May is always a spectacular time to fish the trout streams in the St.Croix Valley. As evidenced by a large population of 4-6 inch trout the Rush River is a year away from returning to it’s former greatness. The Kinni on the other hand continues to produce good numbers of modest sized naturally reproducing trout.
April was a cloudy and cold one but it didn’t stop the Caddis from making an early appearance.
For the first time ever the trout streams of Western Wisconsin were open to catch a release for the entire winter. Aside from a few diehards, most of us stayed home, tied flys, and watched football. After all, March is still the spiritual opener. As is the norm in March, there was none. I was sweating it out at 70 degrees one week and fishing through a winter storm warning the next. I ran into good midge hatches on the Kinni and great BWO hatches on the Rush. Despite rumors to the contrary, there are large fish around.