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Milwaukee River Report 2013-11-11 07:05:02 | Trouterspace
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Milwaukee River Report

Posted by on November 11, 2013

After a month of mixed results in October, Browns and Steelhead are finally starting to be caught consistently.  Unfortunately, these results are limited to the lower reaches of the river.  Me and Anthony have had limited results fishing other favorite runs in the middle and upper reaches.  For migratory fishing, I consider Kletzsch to be the upper reaches FYI.  I’m not the type of guy who will plant in the same run all day, even if I’m catching fish consistently.  I like a change of scenery, conquering as much of the river as possible, and to give other angler’s a chance at a run that’s producing.

I arrived bright and early at a favorite little run of mine in the lower reaches of the Milwaukee and was greeted by an angling buddy Bret.  He had already landed a 8lb hen brown drifting a peach egg.  I gave him his space and wandered upstream to another run and started swinging with my switch/skagit setup.  I got 2 fish to jump on and off pretty quick and decided to join Bret at the lower run.  He too had a couple fish jump on and off since we last spoke 75 minutes ago.  It was clear the activity was red hot.  My 1st pass at the run yielded a nice little brown.  I made a quick coffee run, made one more pass and had another fish jump on and off my offering.  To remedy my 3 on and off fish, I decided to switch to a fly with a stinger.  3 short strikes is more than I can handle.  I spent the remainder of the day failing to bring another fish to hand in the middle and upper reaches of the Milwaukee.  Knowing the runs I fished earlier had good activity I decided to go back and hopefully end on a high note.  I was greeted by a soaking wet angler who took a dip into the Mil but had a very nice brown and chromer to show me on his phone for his efforts.  He said the action just started picking up.  This intel got me all riled up and I waded into position with reckless abandonment, tripped over a rock and face planted in the Milwaukee with a big “SLAP.”  I went from a fishing high to a fishing low in the span of a minute.  I always expect the worst when fishing which is why I always travel with back-ups, dry clothes, duct tape, and toilet paper.  I’m dying to get back out ASAP.

This brown ate a swung black bunny boss

This brown ate a swung black bunny boss


5 Responses to Milwaukee River Report

  1. Brian Rorabeck

    Haha that sopping wet angler was me! Thats nuts you took a spill as well those boulder gardens near shore combined with a 50 gallon drum, and half a shopping cart can be a bit unforgiving, but congrats on that nice brown!

    • Andrew Jaworski

      Your photos got me all jacked up. There are a few huge rocks near shore just past that first tree on the near bank that hangs over the water. After I went SPLAT I thought there must have been some sort of fishing voodoo at work. Take a fish…take a dip. Ah, the shopping cart. The charms of urban fishing.

  2. Brian Rorabeck

    That is precisely the spot I took a dunk! I was actually fighting what was either a large brown or steelhead and of course not looking down and probably did the same exact thing you did. Your buddy Bret saw it all haha. After going back home and changing into dry clothes I proceeded to do it again a little farther downstream before I picked up those two fish. It has seriously been unbelievable the last two weekends down there. Between this weekend and last I picked up 4 steelies and 6 browns with many more lost. I would post pictures on here if I could figure out how to haha. Every time I come down to the mil I think of what a gem it is to have right in the middle of a metropolitan area surpassing a million people.

  3. Brian Rorabeck

    All released to fight another day as well. I wish I didn’t work during the week and could get down there then. I have the steelhead fever bad right now

    • Andrew Jaworski

      I got chrome on the dome too. I was at work when the snow began to fall today and everyone was complaining about it. Meanwhile, I was wishing I was fishing for Steelhead in it. 10 fish in 2 weekends is some serious stuff. I hope you didn’t get them swinging or else I’m doing something wrong, ha. I’m addicted to swinging on the switch and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. It’s not a high percentage proposition and I’m still figuring it out in different wind conditions but I love it!!! The takes can be quite epic. See you on the water soon. <><

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