Living along the Mississippi River in the driftless area leaves no shortage of fishing opportunities for all seasons. We have hundreds of miles of trout streams at our fingertips. And if you get creative and are willing to explore the warm water fishery, the opportunities seem limitless
This week I went for a short walk exploring one of the tributaries of the Mississippi River. I had Intel from a friend that there were fish gathering at a confluence of streams.
It turns out Hot Dish and I stumbled onto a pack of wild gar. they didn’t put up the Best Fight but man are they a cool fish
I started this book a couple weeks ago and I’m slowly making my way through it. And so far it has been an interesting read. The author is trying to explore the culture of trout fisherman and the differences between the conservation based catch and release flyfisherman and there were all worm fisherman who is catching to eat. I’m only a couple chapters in so it’s too early for me to say if I agree with his assessment. Regardless, so far it has been insightful and I’m looking forward to finishing it. Have a feeling that his conclusion is going to be that we need all types of fishermen to best protect the viable resource. We need good land management to protect habitat. And the more people that enjoy resource, The more awareness there can be with regards to protecting that resource. That’s my guess where this is going.
I’m thing is for sure, I love fishing the driftless. Things are in full bloom and the banks are getting sick fast. Pretty soon casting will get really difficult. But the great thing about high grass and streamside brush if you could sneak up the holes easier and swing your tenkara rod into a deep pool Full of unsuspecting fish.
Midwest music fest is a two weekend event held in lacrosse, Wisconsin and Winona, Minnesota each spring. There are tons and tons of bands playing throughout each city during the weekends. Lots of genres and styles. Intimate venues and big stages. It is awesome and a great way to explore a city.
Last weekend I went to Winona with a couple friends to spend the afternoon biking around Winona and then enjoy music throughout the night.
Winona is a cool city. It has about 30,000 people and is essentially a city on an island. It is in between the Minnesota and Wisconsin blufflands along the Mississippi River and is almost completely surrounded by water. It has a couple universities giving it a nice energy. Great biking trails and some nice lookouts including Gavin Heights lookout.
I made a short video of the trip. I used a song played that night by Jay Smart during his set. He had a phenomenal voice. Think David Gray meets Ed Sheeran meets Tracy Chapman. His cover of Nirvana “Smells like teen spirit” was something to behold.
Check out the video here on Vimeo!
I got my son up and running on the hixon forest pump track. He did awesome. We now have a biking family!!!
Check out the video here on Vimeo!
I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of great fisherman and something to Wisconsin. It’s always fun to get on the water with new people. You can learn so many new things and even find a few new kids box. Just like anything else when you fish with someone new, they can help you look at things with a new perspective. See water in the way you hadn’t looked at it before.
My buddy hot dish, for instance, and awesome caster. It’s definitely a smooth operator. It’s fun to watch him look at a run pick out a spot and pull a fish with minimal effort.
With Minnesota maps already working great on Troutspotr, I’ve talked to a few folks and they found it really useful.
I like that he has created some copy and paste links so you can send a stream link to friends or to yourself. Additionally there are direct links to Google map locations.
I’ve already found it a great way to interact with the stream data and look for new places to fish. I know he has had a lot of help from some of the folks on the fishing forums. There was quite a bit of messy did it to sift through especially in northern Wisconsin. Wisconsin has so many fishing regulations it makes creating a single system on the map a little bit difficult. Stu has done amazing Job making this available to everybody.
You can find the maps here at Troutspotr
Can’t wait for this! I haven’t been able to make it in the past, but this year I’m all in!
I’m lucky Coon Valley, Wisconsin is less than an hour away!