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5-30-03 - Gotta stop; Cabela's in Prairie du Chien. Pick up a license and whatever else you need. BE SURE to get the DRN Trout Streams Map; it comes with the license!
The Sny Magill. We got there at dusk; this is a very enhanced (and therefore poor) shot of the stream.

5-30-03 - Iowa, part 1/3!

Rivers Fished: Sny Magill
Fish Caught: 1
Outing Date: 5-30-03
Weather: Sunny
Air Temp: 60's and falling
Water Temp: Unknown
Water Level: Assuming Normal
Water Color: Crystal
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout
Pattern Fished: MP's Antron Bug
Pattern Color: Herring
Fishing Quality: Not bad!

What a weekend. I left work early at 2:00 and got to Burlington just before 3:45. FAT was ready and waiting with Chief and Dutton; Greg was all set and we were off by 4:00!

3 hours later we were in Prairie du Chien and Cabela's. Plenty of cool stuff to see & buy, but this wasn't supposed to be a LONG visit! We got in, got what we needed, got our Iowa licenses and headed out!

Another 45 minute drive and we were at our "quick fix" for the evening, the Sny Magill. Comparable in size to some of the "driftless area" streams we had seen last week in SW WI with easy access. The Sny Magill is stocked mostly with Rainbows, but also some Brown and Brook trout.

We weren't going to fish for long, as it was already dusk by the time we got on the water. I headed upstream along with Greg, while FAT, Dutton and Chief went downstream to fish the glow-bobbers.

My first and only fish came probably 10 casts in; I was tossing MP's Antron in Herring, size 18. It was already too dark to spot fish, so I blindly worked the runs and lanes, and found my fish in the gut of a small pool. Quite a fight for a fish of his size, I brought a 12" rainbow to shore in short order. Unfortunately, pics were out of the questions for two reasons. First, it was DARK. Second, the fish did the old C & R at the bank. Man I gotta get a net!


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