It is finally here after a cold and snowy winter. Southwest Wisconsin’s early catch and release season opens. The rivers are all full and flowing clear and cool. There has been a slow melt the past few days followed by a freeze at night, perfect conditions for the water to soak into the ground instead of putting any stain on the water. Weather is supposed to push into the mid 30s to 40 this weekend.
Look for fish to respond to large scuds (pink and orange) and caddis pupae as well as tiny black stone nymphs and baetis nymphs. For the days where the water temps get above 40, look for midge hatches.
Use caution walking through the snow, as there is a slight crust to it and drifts over the river are very unstable. Best of luck on the opener!