Kickapoo River, West Fork

Avalanche, Wisconsin

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Great browns in the most pastoral of settings. Because the terrain in southwestern Wisconsin was somewhat higher than the surrounding countryside, geologists surmise, continental glaciers flowed around rather than over it. Instead of being worn down and filled up with boulders, sands, and clays, valleys here are steep and bounded by cliffs. At the base of rock bluffs, countless springs percolate to the surface and their cold waters drain into a maze of creeks that at one time supported wonderful populations of wild brook trout. Now the West Fork of the Kickapoo River, in the next watershed to the east, is seeing a tremendous rejuvenation. Browns of 16 to 18 inches are fairly common in the nine miles of catch-and-release water. Species: Brown, brook. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
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by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

Great browns in the most pastoral of settings. Because the terrain in southwestern Wisconsin was somewhat higher than the surrounding countryside, geologists surmise, continental glaciers flowed around rather than over it. Instead of being worn down and filled up with boulders, sands, and clays, valleys here are steep and bounded by cliffs.

At the base of rock bluffs, countless springs percolate to the surface and their cold waters drain into a maze of creeks that at one time supported wonderful populations of wild brook trout. Now the West Fork of the Kickapoo River, in the next watershed to the east, is seeing a tremendous rejuvenation. Browns of 16 to 18 inches are fairly common in the nine miles of catch-and-release water. Species: Brown, brook. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Avalanche
Access: Easy
Season & Limits: March through September
Local Maps: Wisconsin DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Kickapoo River, West Fork

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