March means the early catch and release trout season is upon us and we can finally get on the water. From the first Saturday in March through the last weekend in April Wisconsin anglers are allowed to practice catch and release, barbless-only fishing on most designated trout streams. This is a great time to hunt for the biggest fish in most systems as the larger fish begin to feed actively. The early season is not only the first chance to get out and wet a line in musky country, but a great opportunity to land a trophy as well.
Musky Country Outfitters guides chase trout from the upper driftless area (Pierce and St. Croix Counties) all the way up the Indianhead to the south shore of Gitchee Gummee (Lake Superior).
The lower portion of the Boise Brule and other south shore tributaries of Lake Superior open up for the spring steelhead season at the end of March, and the fishing season really gets into full swing. This popular and exciting time is a big draw for anglers all over the globe and Lake Superior Steelhead and Brown Trout are in the tributaries until late May or early June depending on water temps.
April brings with it the first significant and predictable insect activity - it's the start of hatch time! Inland stream trout season continues to unfold and the south shore steelhead run reaches a crescendo about mid-month.
Some seasons will also find the Musky Country Outfitters chasing ice-out fishing on lakes for lake trout and northern pike in the northern reaches of Minnesota.
May is truly an angler's season in northwestern Wisconsin. The first Saturday in May ushers in the general inland fishing opener and almost everything comes into season at this point. So much to do! Great insect hatches begin in earnest in the trout streams. Lake and ponds offer a bounty of species to pursue and dedicated anglers are still looking for a big grab from hot dropback steelhead or two.
Musky Country Outfitters also begin putting the driftboats through their first runs later in the month, getting tuned in for the musky season that opens on the last Saturday in May- a fine cause for celebration if ever there was one.