Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

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Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby mike son » Aug Mon 26, 2019 9:21 pm

Finally managed to return to the Lower Wisconsin River over the weekend. Nice weather and a decent flow of around 9k cf/s measured at Muscoda. Floated 16 miles from Muscoda to Boscobel. Camped overnight on a sandbar. We use Wisconsin River Outings to provide the shuttle and canoe rental. Started the day out waking up at 4am for the 3.5hr drive.

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Fishing is always pretty good on the river in my opinion. Many different species and just a very healthy ecosystem overall, small bait fish are everywhere. I pretty much only use a 1/8oz texas rigged 3.5" swimbait in a shad type pattern and catch a lot of different species. Easy to just bring one rod and I try to avoid treble hook baits as I don't want to deal with the hooks and well, I'm usually drinking the entire day.

The best spots are along any shore rock you can find. The river is nearly all sand so this is actually harder to find than one would assume. Lay downs from fallen trees, bridge pilings, and pools around islands and created by meandering sand bars round out the good spots to fish.

Ended up catching my pb pike at 34" from our campsite. The campsite was chosen as there was a lot of nice looking water to fish around it and it had a surplus of wood for the fire.

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The woods in the background were split by another inflow of water

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This bluff wall adjacent to our campsite had extremely deep and fast moving water. I didn't pack anything to fish it effectively unfortunately.

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A smallie off the laydown in the background

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I'll troll the texas rigged swimbait behind the canoe as we float downstream. In the past, it has produced much better than it did this weekend. Still got a few walleye and a smallmouth or two.

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These bad boys up in the tree will wake you up at 6am. Never seen one up in a tree before

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Got bit off a few times when previously it had never happened. Might consider a steel leader in the future. A lot of fish caught didn't see the camera, a sauger, many smallmouth, and a large catfish late at night my buddy caught while fishing for catfish/sturgeon - whatever would eat a worm in the deepest pool near our campsite.

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Don't try to swing from the vines, we almost didn't make it out

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Re: Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby cletedius » Aug Mon 26, 2019 10:22 pm

Cool stuff! :thumbup:
Always wanted to try the sandbar camping/float trip.
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Re: Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby HEDDONFROG » Aug Tue 27, 2019 2:01 am

Looks like a great time. Cool scenery too. Being more tackle with lol
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Re: Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby Aux Pleins » Aug Tue 27, 2019 2:58 am

When you have to bring everything you need for a couple days of camping and stuff it in a canoe you really have to start sacrificing. I've done that kind of camping quite a bit, but never on the Wisconsin. Cool report and nice pike.
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Re: Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby Rambler » Aug Tue 27, 2019 7:34 am

Great post!
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Re: Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby Phil6 » Aug Tue 27, 2019 9:07 am

Awesome post. I've been out there twice and loved it both times, its a unique thing to do in this area of the country (were the closest dispersed camping is 4 hours away :x :cry: )
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Re: Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby polishfly » Aug Tue 27, 2019 9:40 am

hell yes camp-floating the wisco is amazing! nice report and pics dude
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Re: Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby urbanHog312 » Aug Tue 27, 2019 1:28 pm

broooo nice! that's a mans weekend for sure.
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Re: Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby ccorso » Aug Tue 27, 2019 9:29 pm

What a weekend! Nice fish!
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Re: Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby Woohoodude11 » Aug Wed 28, 2019 6:43 am

Damn that looks like a blast. I've got a massive tent that needs to find some spots like this :thumbup:
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Re: Lower Wisconsin River Float Trip

Postby Skifish1 » Aug Wed 28, 2019 9:49 am

Totally awesome you have my wheels turning.
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