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#1 Posted : Wednesday, June 6, 2018 4:29:51 AM(UTC)
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Hi I am just wondering if anyone could recommend a good place a friend and I could fish that meets these categories. If not thanks for taking the time read the post.

1. Close to Chicago, We would like to keep the travel amount to a minimum so very very South Wisconsin is best.
2. we can set up a tent, we don't need any electricity or car access. We're minimalist and know how to camp.

Thanks again!


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#2 Posted : Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:12:04 PM(UTC)
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I am admittedly not familiar with SE WI, but as far as I know, there isn't much good water until you get much further west towards madison at the closest.
A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. ~Author Unknown
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#3 Posted : Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:55:42 AM(UTC)
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin during the week and Lincolnshire, Illinois on weekends.

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I'm also from northern Illinois, and I bite the bullet to make the 4 hour trip to Vernon County usually. 3 hours away are some good streams around Fennimore, and a good camp ground.

However, there are a few places a bit closer.

The Apple River in Illinois is stocked with trout. Never been there so no idea about that fishery, but it's there.
Bluff Creek has some trout, no secret there.
There are rumors of some wild trout in streams that cross the WI/IL border, and one day i'm going to have to spend a weekend exploring them.

Other than that, and a couple ponds that the Lake County Forest Preserve plants (and probably all gone by now), pretty slim pickings for trout.

Lots of bass, bluegill, pike, in that area, if that's what you're after. They all take a fly.
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
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