Early October

The inland lakes offer great fall fishing as well, when conditions on the big water get nasty.  

Fall steelhead on the Brule is a special thing. 

The best of the fall smallmouth bite is still coming, but it's still pretty fun out there right now.

Welcome to the best time of year!  So much to do outside right now, it's hard to pick just one thing.  We've had some cooler temps lately, which has started to cool the water down a bit.  Smallmouth are in the fall spots now and the fishing has been decent.  Nothing crazy, but the fish are there, like they always are.  The fall bite will continue until we get some ice, which is hopefully a long ways away as far as I'm concerned.  After a good push of migratory fish after the last rain, things have slowed a bit in the rivers.  The fish will just sort of trickle in randomly when we don't have rain, which makes it tough, but the next rain will bring some fresh ones in.  Steelhead fishing is getting better on the Brule and with the fall colors in full swing, there's not a finer place to be than on the river in search of fall chrome.  Musky fishing is heating up, too, especially on the inland rivers.  This is a great time of year for a drift boat trip in search of those toothy critters.    Pretty busy on the water from now on out so fishing reports will be kind of scattered.  Get out there and enjoy fall!

There's some great deals in the shop right now on some discontinued fly rods and fly lines (30-40% off).  Rods from Sage and Redington and lines from RIO and Sci-Anglers.