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WallyGator12000

Has anyone been out to see what the streams are looking like with the snow pack melting? I am thinking about getting out Sat. to Western Wisconsin, Rush or Kinni...

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turiprap

The rivers mentioned have gaging stations that can be accessed through the United States Geologic Survey's reaal time stream flow information system on the internet. You may want to check that way.

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uwecsteeple

Would have happen to have the link to this info?

I am sure I could find it, but am feeling lazy today!

Thanks in advance \:\)

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WallyGator12000

I know about the gauges, I was hoping to get some first hand info as well though, stream clarity can really vary even with those gauges reading high...

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WxGuy

...and whatever the streams look like today will change quite a bit between now and Saturday, so even firsthand experience today won't tell you much for the day after tomorrow.

From what I've seen over the course of just today in southeast Minnesota, streams were in good shape this morning, but after another day of full sunshine, warm temps, and a nice breeze, runoff increased greatly by the late afternoon to evening hours. Small streams are running high, fast, and dirty right now, but will be back down quite a bit by Saturday, whereas the medium to larger streams and rivers that they drain into, they'll be running a little high and dirty this weekend.

Considering there was less snowpack in the realm of west central Wisconsin where you mention, conditions in many small streams should be just fine by this weekend...I think. \:\)

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Magneto

The Western Wisconsin streams you asked about are blown out. They weren't this morning, and now they are.

USGS WI flows

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so haaad

Magneto or anyone else,

Any stream updates from WI? I've been in Florida for the past two weeks, but will be back by the weekend and hope to flyfish WI on Saturday.

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Magneto

I can't say really, I too have been away. I was fishing the Bighorn all of last week and haven't fished around here since. My guess is that they are high and most likely off color, judging by the gaging stations. As I write this, it's raining quite heavily and has been for most of the evening. Also, 2 weeks ago I was doing some work next to a construction site where they were just beginning to dig a foundation for a new home. I asked the guys how deep the frost was and they told me that it was about 8' deep. That should tell you where all this rain is going... \:\(

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turiprap

To add to Magneto's on the money analysis, the instantaneous flow on the River Falls stream stands at 171 cfs, up from an average of around 90 at this time of year, or nearly double. That doesn't bode at all well for the hope of finding clear water. It's pretty much the same story for the other nearby driftless area streams with gauging stations.

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WxGuy

Yeah, things are messy here in SE MN today too. At least the heavy rain part of this stinkin' storm is pretty much done.

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so haaad

This weather is tough to take. Especially coming from sunny Florida and 88 degrees yesterday. Looks like a weekend to clean out the garage. Thanks for the replies everyone.

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mattbass

i was on the upper kinni last night & the stream is great right now. got there around 5 & they were jumping all over the place. i had about 3 bites but couldn't pull any in!

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FXDI35er

LEster produced nothing for me yesterday. Sucker was packed.

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