Saturday, August 6, 2011

Summer Time Trout

So what makes a guy leave the comfort of home and all the fishing on Lake Winnebago and trade it for 8 foot tall nettle plants, biting flies and mosquitos? The love of trout I guess. My son and I had a couple days before his fall football begins so we took a trip over to the southwest corner on the state to get some last minute trout fishing done. We had the pleasure to camp at Kick
apoo Stump Dodger Campgrounds in Gays Mills, Wisconsin . This place is really nice and quiet, very clean and out of the way. They are equipped with RV sites and tent sites. They all include a fire pit and picnic table and firewood, water and electrical hookups are also available The rates were 10.00 for a tent and 18.00 for a camper which are super cheap . Jim Showen is the owner and a great guy. They even have a swimming pool and nice hot showers. I really recommend this campground as its one of the the cleanest around. . Be sure to check out their web page at

The trout fishing this time of year is all what you make it. You need to be prepared to fight the bugs and itch weed and super tall grass. Gnats are a big problem but a 50/50 mixture of vanilla extract and water in a spray bottle does the trick. Be sure to have mosquito spray along too as there is no lack of those biting devils either. The fish are still there and are plenty hungry but early fishing is a must. The cool temps of the morning are easier on the fisherman and the fish. Fish were feeding on top in almost every pool we fished early. By 9:00to 10:00 AM you could feel the heat of the day set in and the fish drifted to their day time hiding spots deep under grass covered under cuts.Towards fall the evenings will cool fast also and you can get some evening fishing done as well. Several apple orchards, wineries, and great scenery are just a few of the other things a person can enjoy if you’re not on the trout stream .We never caught any monster trout the last few days but we learned, laughed and had a nice shore lunch .


  1. Wow sweet couple days of fishing. Thanks for the info on the campsite as well. I just rub straight vanilla all over my self. Forgot to dillute it:) Those deer flies are really annoying right now. My biggest problem lately is the Poisonous Parsnip. Got it all over my damn hands. Itches like the dickens. That pick of your son is great. Those fish are sweet and so are those spider web pics. Thanks for sharing. Tight Lines.

  2. Great photos.
    Those web shots are awesome.

  3. Nice photos. Tell your son for me, congratulations, he at least looks like a fisherman and smells of fish...wish I could say that.

  4. Great stuff here. Summer trout fishing is tough, but you are right-the fish are still there and they still eat.

    I'm really enjoying the blog too-looking through the archives now. Great stuff.