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Tough Summertime Fishing in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region   10 comments

Stephen Rose and I have been planning to take a trip to Vernon and Richland Counties for a few months now, and the stars aligned in our schedules to allow that trip to happen. We didn’t plan on Wisconsin being in the middle of a drought, though, and that made the fishing a bit tougher than we’d hoped.

We managed to catch a dozen fish between ourselves, but nothing with any real size. We saw a pike in Coon Creek and scouted a pair of 20-plus-inch fish as well, but the sun and biting flies got to be a bit much so we headed in to Borgen’s in Westby for some burgers, beers, and pie.

We caught our suppers each night, supplemented with venison brats and tabouli, and washed down with cold beers. We camped for free in Hennessy Hammocks and avoided a few bulls in their pastures without incident.

Stephen and I both agreed that we won’t be taking another extended trip to fish for trout until we get some more rain. Water levels are low and many streams are warm (though some are suprisingly cool, even well down their drainages). I was happy to see that even though we’ve been without rain, the streams appear healthy and the fish happy, and for the most part, the Driftless continues to show off its lushness.

Enjoy the photos for now, and looking forward, expect a few videos of our trip on the site too.

 

Coon Creek in Vernon County, Wisconsin

Coon Creek in Vernon County, Wisconsin

 

Scouting some big trout, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Scouting some big trout, Vernon County, Wisconsin

 

Stephen enjoying lunch at Borgen's, Westby, Wisconsin

Stephen enjoying lunch at Borgen’s, Westby, Wisconsin

 

Sharp Car...

Sharp Car…

 

Pecan Pie? Are you kidding me?! Borgen's in Westby, Wisconsin

Pecan Pie? Are you kidding me?! Borgen’s in Westby, Wisconsin

 

Coon Creek Brown near Coon Valley, Wiscsonsin

Coon Creek Brown near Coon Valley, Wiscsonsin

 

Preparing supper along Coon Creek, Wisconsin

Preparing supper along Coon Creek, Wisconsin

 

It always tastest better right out of the stream...

It always tastest better right out of the stream…

 

The Big Dipper above Wisconsin's Driftless

The Big Dipper above Wisconsin’s Driftless

 

 

Camp Creek Brown Trout, near Viola, Wisconsin

Camp Creek Brown Trout, near Viola, Wisconsin

 

 

 

This stretch of Camp Creek is kind of pretty, don't you think?

This stretch of Camp Creek is kind of pretty, don’t you think?

 

Stephen with a fish on, Camp Creek, Wisconsin

Stephen with a fish on, Camp Creek, Wisconsin

 

The Camp Creek Bandit.

The Camp Creek Bandit.

 

If the biting flies hadn't carried us away, we'd have stayed all day. Camp Creek, Wisconsin

If the biting flies hadn’t carried us away, we’d have stayed all day. Camp Creek, Wisconsin

 

 

 

Vernon County in late September   3 comments

Trout fisherman who live in Vernon County are spoiled! What a beautiful place, filled with spring creeks and an abundance of trout. 

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

As a sort of “last hurrah” Stephen Rose and I went up to Vernon County for a day of fishing and exploring. We hit the road at 4:30 and arrived at Coon Creek at 6:30, about 20 minutes before the sunrise. The valley was foggy and frosty with temps around 38°F. The water was 51°F (indeed it felt warm compared to the air temp) with just the right amount of turbidity.

Coon Creek comes highly recommended in Jay Ford Thurston’s book “Spring Creek Treasure”. If you haven’t read this book yet, you should.

Using #9 gold and silver Panther Martin spinners we caught about 20 fish in two hours. It was one of those fishing mornings when it was a surprise not to feel a bite after each cast. You’ve got to love that! Here’s a lineup of some of the fish we caught. (Click on any image to make it larger)

Stephen Rose with a Brown from Coon Creek

Stephen Rose with a Brown from Coon Creek

Brown Trout, Red Barn at Coon Creek

Brown Trout, Red Barn at Coon Creek

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Elderberry, Coon Creek, Wisconsin

Elderberry, Coon Creek, Wisconsin

Early Morning on Coon Creek, Wisconsin

Early Morning on Coon Creek, Wisconsin

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

And now, for the fish of the day…

Coon Creek 17" Brown Trout

Coon Creek 17" Brown Trout

17" Coon Creek Brown Trout

17" Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Tom Anderson-Brown Trout Fishing Coon Creek, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Tom Anderson-Brown Trout Fishing Coon Creek, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Tom Anderson-Brown Trout Fishing Coon Creek, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Tom Anderson-Brown Trout Fishing Coon Creek, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Coon Creek Brown Trout

Beautiful Coon Creek in Vernon County, Wisconsin

Beautiful Coon Creek in Vernon County, Wisconsin

We took a break for lunch and then decided to try out Timber Coulee Creek to the east. Check in soon for stories about the rest of our excellent day in Vernon County.

Posted September 28, 2010 by troutseeker in Coon Creek

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