The Wisconsin inland trout season begins in March and ends in September. That closing time always comes at a point when the trout I'm catching start getting larger and more numerous. I've been fly fishing for just two solid seasons now, but the end of September suddenly represents a halt to my favorite pastime for another six months. I think it's good for the trout in this state to have a break from fishing pressures, and there are several neighboring states with year-round trout seasons I could easily travel to, but I've found relief from a fishless fall by chasing Brule River steelhead.
I made it up to the Brule twice this past fall. Steelhead weather is supposed to be crummy---cold and overcast---but this trip was characterized by bluebird skies and eighty-degree weather.
|Mouth of the Brule River|