high waters

Well, I hope everyone got a chance to get out and catch a few trout over the last six days. It looks like the fishing may come to a screeching halt for a bit here. Reports are coming in from all over that most of the rivers across the state are experiencing some kind of run-off issues. From northwest WI to southwest WI to some of the rivers in central WI, the rain and above average temps have finally caught up with us. The good news is that a lot of areas don't have a whole lot of snow to melt and cause issues. Some areas are worse than others, though. I talked to my mom this morning and she told me that the upper Kinnickinnic was nearly touching the bridge near their house. Normally you can walk (bent over, mind you) under that bridge. It's a good cleansing process and something that our rivers and fish have tolerated for generations. Still, there's nothing tougher than coming out of a long winter and not being able to fish because the rivers are out of their banks.


Ryan B said...

Nate, any idea what a fishable level for the Kewaunee is? Almost ran over there this morning but figured it would just be too blown out. Gauge height was almost at bankful. Thanks

ns said...


Yeah, Bart and I thought about that too....until I checked the gauges. Yikes. For the Kewaunee, it's not much. Anything from the 40 c.f.s. range up to around 80 should be ok. That's not to say that it would still be a little off color, but fishable, yeah. It also depends on what you want to do. For swinging you're going to want something in that 60+ range. That range though may be a bit high for indicator fishing.