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Rambling Reports Guiding Seasons

Below is a timing chart that should give you a general idea of the best times for certain species you may wish to target. I tend to focus my guide scheduling around those "black squares" - the peak times. For tributary fishing, this can make or break a trip. For Inland fishing, fish populations pretty much consistent throughout the year - my peak times are those times when it's best to focus on these fisheries.

Steelhead WI Trib Guides
  Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Skamania
Steelhead
                       
Chamber's Creek
Steelhead
                       
Ganaraska
Steelhead
                       
 
Brown Trout WI Trib Guides
  Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Domestic
Brown Trout
                       
Seeforellen
Brown Trout
                       
"Harbor"
Brown Trout
                       
"Bluewater"
Brown Trout
                       
 
Salmon WI Trib Guides
  Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
King (Chinook) Salmon                        

Coho (Silver)
Salmon

                       
 
Iowa Inland Trout Guides
  Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Rainbow Trout                        
Brown Trout                        
Brook Trout                        
KEY:  
None  
Slow - Slight to Fair chance to encounter on a trip
 
Average - Fair to Good chance to encounter on a trip
 
Peak - Best Chance to encounter on a trip  

First and foremost, I am hopelessly in love with tributary fishing for Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout. If the WI Tributaries are hot, you'll have a hard time getting me to go anywhere else!

In the midyear off season for Tributary Fishing (roughly May through August), it's an excellent time to focus on Inland Fishing, both coldwater trout fishing and warmwater lakes. In the depths of winter, great fly fishing can still be had on open Inland Trout Waters in IA and WI (yes, there are actually some trout waters that open Jan. 1 in WI - you don't HAVE to go to IA).

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