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madguy30  
#11 Posted : Tuesday, January 2, 2018 7:35:11 PM(UTC)
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I wouldn't call it a rut but especially in the winter season I have my general spots I go to where I can stay entertained and also safe/warm as the depth is typically the same every year.

As it gets warmer I'm more apt to check out different spots but since I don't trout fish as much any more I typically go to what I know just to catch a few fish without driving all over the place.
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, January 2, 2018 7:51:34 PM(UTC)
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I'd recommend picking up the book "Improved Trout Waters of Wisconsin." That helped me get out of my rut.
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#13 Posted : Tuesday, January 2, 2018 9:38:15 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: madguy30 Go to Quoted Post
I wouldn't call it a rut but especially in the winter season I have my general spots I go to where I can stay entertained and also safe/warm as the depth is typically the same every year.

As it gets warmer I'm more apt to check out different spots but since I don't trout fish as much any more I typically go to what I know just to catch a few fish without driving all over the place.


That's a good point about going to predictable/safe areas during the cold weather season. Especially when it is so cold, hypothermia could set in quickly.
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AKinMN  
#14 Posted : Tuesday, January 2, 2018 10:06:19 PM(UTC)
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These https://scmaps.com/all-outdoors-atlases/wisconsin/ in combo with online resources.

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madguy30  
#15 Posted : Tuesday, January 2, 2018 11:41:16 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WI-fly Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: madguy30 Go to Quoted Post
I wouldn't call it a rut but especially in the winter season I have my general spots I go to where I can stay entertained and also safe/warm as the depth is typically the same every year.

As it gets warmer I'm more apt to check out different spots but since I don't trout fish as much any more I typically go to what I know just to catch a few fish without driving all over the place.


That's a good point about going to predictable/safe areas during the cold weather season. Especially when it is so cold, hypothermia could set in quickly.



Also, fish are active for what, 3 hours on a January/February day at the most? It's just a lot to drive around exploring vs. a small window of comfort and warm temps.

Winter's for getting my fix, spring/summer/fall is for feeding the obsession. :)
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#16 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 12:34:00 AM(UTC)
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I think you'd be surprised by how active fish can be in the winter.
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#17 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 3:16:41 AM(UTC)
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I’m all about exploring, but I’ve come to realize that there are only so many streams that will be on my short list. I’ve got 8-9 “standbys” that I’ll fish fairly often, but I make it a point to get out of my comfort zone and fish new water. A balanced attack is the best way to go about it IMO
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madguy30  
#18 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 3:51:16 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: wibirdhunter Go to Quoted Post
I think you'd be surprised by how active fish can be in the winter.



I'm sure I would as I've logged limited time on the water in Jan/Feb; my experiences in the normal 25 degree range usually means fish feeding more from about 11 AM to 2-3 depending on when the temps rise. Still worth checking out in the spots I know.
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#19 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 1:31:39 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: NBrevitz Go to Quoted Post
I’m all about exploring, but I’ve come to realize that there are only so many streams that will be on my short list. I’ve got 8-9 “standbys” that I’ll fish fairly often, but I make it a point to get out of my comfort zone and fish new water. A balanced attack is the best way to go about it IMO


I've come to this point. I've probably fished the majority of streams in lax, Monroe, richland, Vernon, and Crawford counties. often I'd drive all day and hit some faraway spots. might do good, might not, but know I could've driven 15 minutes and fished spots I've never fished thoroughly. always fun to find new water, but I'd like to become an expert at a few close spots.


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#20 Posted : Wednesday, January 3, 2018 1:32:46 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WI-fly Go to Quoted Post
I find myself doing the same thing, fishing the same spots. Mainly this is due to proximity to these streams and trying to be efficient with my time while balancing rec time with work and family. I think I should pull out a map of La Crosse County and try to fish as many of those sections as I can this spring and summer. I've never fished Bostwick and that is about a 10 minute drive for me. I know it isn't blue ribbon water, but there are fish there.


will you be at trapfest on Saturday night? I can share my experience on botswick. used to fish it multiple times a week
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