Monday, October 10, 2011

Last Day of Trout Season in Wisconsin

Sept 30th was the last official day of trout season here in Wisconsin's Driftless Area.  I realize that this post comes a little late, but better late than never I guess. 

I woke up late, but not too bad considering I didn't even set the alarm.  Up at about 7:00 a.m. and filling my belly with 2 Bacon Egg & Cheese biscuits at about 8:00.  Arrived at the stream of choice at about 8:15.  On this day, the last day, I chose a stream that I knew would produce some nice Brookies and hopefully a few Browns as well

As I walked along in absolute peace, my senses were at full attention.  The smell of the air, that only comes when fall is here.  The sounds of the leaves, as I watch them drop from trees, while the wind blows.  The sound of the huge 8 point buck crashing through the stream within yards of me.  Scaring the crap out of me.  It was one of those days where the clouds move across the sky and it goes from sunny to dark every other minute.  The  wind was making it difficult to cast and the hooks were popping out right and left.  It was perfect.

I made it up to the final hole around noon.  I was perched up high to where I could see each fish come out from it's hiding spot and attack the flies.  It made for some easy hook sets.  I had to be on my way so I hiked the trail back and headed for home.  About 2 miles downstream from where I just was, there is a really nice bridge hole.  I had no choice but to stop and see if I could coax some Browns out of their hiding spots.  The last trout I caught out of this hole really had some nice fall colors going on.  At first I thought I had on a huge Brook Trout.  Probably my favorite trout of the season.

Finally I made it home.  My wife and son headed of to swim lessons and Sephora and I stayed home.  She loves trout fishing so I told her we could head out and fish for a while if she wanted.  On went the boots and we were off.  I can't imagine a better way to finish out the season.  The pressure to bring a fish to hand was high.  One last fish for the season, one last memory. 

Until Next Time.........Tight Lines to All !!!!!!!!!!


  1. Sounds like a perfect last day. Beautiful fish and photos to boot.

    Pretty cool Sephora ended the season with the last fish of the Magee household!


  2. Gotta love the double dip fishing day! Cheers to you and yours.

  3. Always enjoy seeing your photos. Love the picture of the little brookie part way into the water. The blues and greens of that picture are great.

  4. TM - great photos, ditto John's comment on the submerged brookie. Fall is my favorite time of year with both the trees and the fish showing some gorgeous color. Season closes in NY this week so I had my own last outing of the year, pictures to follow

  5. TM,
    The photos are great, that first brookie photo is tops.

    You never know where those bucks will turn up this time of year.

    Tough to see the season come to an end.

  6. Beautiful Brookies! and nice size browns too. Thanks for the post.

  7. Can't think of a better way to end the season. Now look forward to next year.


  8. Nice. You've had a heckuva year. Great way to end the season.

  9. Wonderful last day! Amazing pictures once again!

  10. Ahhh...until next year. Looked like an awesome way to close it out.

  11. You sounded contentedly resigned that your last fish of the year was your favorite and yet you went out again to humor your little one. Class TM, class!

  12. Sanders,
    Thanks man. It was a great day and the weather was perfect. Sephora just loves holding and releasing those trout. Tight Lines.

    River Dragon,
    Thanks bro. Always nice to hit up more than one stream for sure. Tight Lines.

    Thanks man. That was a small Brookie but a beauty. Tight Lines.

  13. Mark,
    Thanks a lot. Fall time means seasons end :( Look forward to the pics from out east. Tight lines.

    Thanks much. THose bucks really are all over right now. Heres to next season. Tight Lines.

    Thanks a lot. Tight Lines.

  14. Shoreman,
    Thanks man. I am also looking forward to next season already. Tight Lines.

    Thanks. The summer was a great adventure. Tight Lines.

    Thanks much. It was a perfect ending to a great summer. Tight Lines.

  15. TRage,
    Thanks man. Next year is just around the corner :) Tight Lines.

    Thanks a lot. It is always a good time when the kids decide they want to come along. Tight LInes.

  16. Great last day, and as usual great pictures.

  17. Witham P,
    Thanks man. Appreciate it. Glad you like the pics. Tight lines.


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