This morning Stephen Rose and I headed southwest to fish a stream we’ve not been to before. Head down Highway G in southwest Dane County and you’ll cross Mount Vernon Creek. Keep going and you’ll come to a less talked-about creek called “The West Branch of the Sugar River”. A mouthful for sure, which may be the reason it isn’t written about more often. That’s my guess anyway because it appears to be every bit as good a stream as Mount Vernon Creek.
The water was just right today. Okay, perhaps a little on the clear side but it was cool-running which is always a good thing when looking for trout. The sky was just a little bit overcast and we were hoping more cloud cover would roll in but it never did. Even so, the fish were biting. Using number nine Panther Martin Deluxe gold and silver spinners we caught and released something like fifteen trout in about three hours. Not bad for a stream we knew nothing about on a very pleasant and dry morning.
We fished the creek almost smack-dab at it’s halfway point. I guess you’d say it was the middle third of the creek. it went from four feet wide at its narrowest up to twenty feet wide at the largest pools. The depth was anywhere from under one foot to over four feet. There was evidence of LUNKER structure work and bank rebuilding, but it looked to be at least a decade old.
Okay, on to the fishing…
I said on to the fishing, not on to the catching. Right? Anyway, the video above shows Stephen Rose doing his damnedest to lure a trout out of a nice hole. But no dice.
Here’s what we caught.
And now, for the grand finale, a bonafide 17-inch West Branch of the Sugar River Brown Trout…
Stephen found this wonderful fish in a deep pool where the creek runs along the woods. He thought it was a snag at first but then it swam toward him and Stephen saw the beast. I was on the other side of the creek up on the bank and I leapt into the water to assist with the net. Nice fish buddy!
Is The West Branch of the Sugar River a long name for a little creek? Yes.
Is it worth checking out? Yes! We’ll be back to fish this one again (and again and again).