|Tributary Browns (Seeforellens)
|Tributary Browns (Domestic)
SE WI Great Lakes Brown Trout - Browns you
measure in pounds, not inches!
Surprisingly not all that well known, SE WI offers
some wonderful opportunities to catch trophy brown trout. With recent
fish approaching the proportions of the World Record, this isn't
a fishery to be overlooked. Average Brown Trout can run anywhere
from 5lb to 20lb+++! The battle with a brown trout is often described
as 'bulldogging'; these fish hunker down, run deep, shake
their heads and never give up. With a general season running from
Late Summer through Spring, there are almost always big brown trout
available to anglers, you just have to know where to look!
Starting in late Summer, we target browns in the
Harbors. The usual tactics include distance casting with spoons.
Strikes are hard to miss...these fish simply HAMMER offerings. During
the dawn and dusk hours, these fish can also be effectively targeted
with the fly rod as the cruise the rocks in search of a meal. At
night, most anglers chose to bait fish for these 24 hour predators.
As fall approaches, some brown trout will move
into the tributaries in search of easy meals behind the spawning
salmon. As the weather cools, usually in November, the brown trout
themselves start to spawn. Spawning activity can continue until
ice up; some of the best days to target tributary brown trout on
the fly rod are in early December...tust me we'll usually have the
rivers all to ourselves.
Once the tributaries are frozen over and otherwise
unproductive, the focus shifts to the 'Bluewater' opportunities.
SE WI has a booming winter Brown Trout fishery on Lake Michigan
- for the Fly Angler addicted to the 'Big Fish', this is simply
one of the best times to get out in a boat and FLY FISH the big
pond, provided you can brave the cold! This is, by far, the BEST
brown trout fishing of the year - typically it lasts through March.
During ice out on the tributaries, browns which
have overwintered in the tributaries as well as fresh run fish show
up. These populations of fish seem to drop off as the fresh runs
of steelhead make their way into the tributaries. It is possible
to encounter a brown trout in the Tributaries ANY time of year,
but spring is usually a leaner time for browns - steelhead are the
main spring fishery. Harbors can again heat up in the early spring!
SE WI Brown Trout - what do clients need to
- You gotta get there. When tributary fishing, we may opt to fish
more than one stream per day. You should be prepared to make a 15
or 20 minute drive from one location to the next.
Equipment - Rods,
Reels, lines, leaders, tippets and flies are all provided at no
Apparel and Wading Gear
- Dress appropriately for conditions - layers work great for 'heat
control' throughout an outing. For winter 'Bluewater' fishing, I
generally wear at least FOUR layers of clothing PLUS a down jacket.
Gloves and a warm hat are essential. Check out the weather forecasts
before your trip - you don't want to be miserable and have to cut
an outing short. Do not forget WARM SOCKS!
I do not provide wading gear, which is only required
for Tributary Fishing. Hip boots will work in most situations, although
chest waders are preferable.
Polarized Sunglasses are essential when fishing
just about anywhere and anytime; you'll need to bring some. The
$10 kind work just fine...it's not uncommon to lose them.
Food - Meals
are not included; we have a variety of options. By no way am I the
shore lunch guru, I'm the guru of keeping things SIMPLE. I am however
happy to discuss all of our meal options.
Lodging - If
you are coming up from out of town and could use some help with
lodging, just ask. There's a variety of good places to stay in SE
Waivers & Agreements
- Prior to your trip, you will be required to sign a liability waiver,
as well as photo release form and equipment rental agreement (if
Deposits - A
nonrefundable deposit of 50% of your trip cost is required to hold
SE WI Great Lakes Brown Trout Rates
- 4 Hour Tributary/Harbor
Pro Guide Trips - $300 for 1 or 2 anglers, up to 4 hours.
- 8 Hour Tributary/Harbor
Pro Guide Trips - $450
for 1 or 2 anglers, up to 8 hours.
Trips for 3 or more Anglers? - inquire for special rates
- multiple guides are available to handle your larger fishing
Fish Rates - subtract 30% from the above rates.
- Tributary Bamboo
Experience - add $50 per rod rental per day. Limit
2 maximum anglers.
Outings - add $25 per rod rental per outing. Currently
limit 1 maximum angler.
- 'Bluewater' Winter
Browns on the Fly with Capt.
Mike Richow - $350, 1 or 2 anglers, 5 hour sunrise
trips. Also available 7 days a week. Flexible scheduling is beneficial...wind,
waves and ice conditions need to be OK. Includes 2 guides for
your trip - Capt. Mike Richow (captian and traditional guru) and
Matt Pedersen (fly fishing guide & somewhat experienced mate).
If the fly fishing is slow, we can always switch to conventional
gear and troll. These tend to be FANTASTIC trips.
- Gratuities are solely at the
discretion of the client.
Rambling Reports Great Lakes Brown Trout Guiding Season
I'm willing to discuss a trip for ANY season and
date I have available, but these are the general times of year we should chase Great Lakes Brown Trout:
- Tributary Browns (Seeforellens) - November
- Tributary Browns (Domestic) - November - February
- Harbor Browns - February - April
- 'Bluewater' Browns - December - March
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