Fishing Season: Trout Season open until October 15, 2019

Black Earth Creek - WI

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

40

Orvis Madison's Tip of the Week

We are experiencing the warmest temperatures of the year so far-high in the 50's. Midges are hatching, blue wing olives are starting to show up-this hatch will start to pop sometime next week.

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Map of Black Earth Creek

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Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Dave Barron

5-Day Outlook as of 3/8/21

Tue 09 61°/52° AM Clouds/PM Sun 12% SSE 15 mph Wed 10 62°/44° Rain 83% S 19 mph Thu 11 52°/31° AM Showers 52% WNW 11 mph Fri 12 52°/23° Partly Cloudy 6% WNW 9 mph Sat 13 43°/26° Mostly Sunny 6% N 7 mph Sun 14 47°/31° PM Showers 32% E 11 mph Mon 15 47°/26° Rain/Snow Showers 53% S 10 mph Tue 16 45°/26° Mostly Cloudy 15% WNW 12 mph Wed 17 41°/24° Partly Cloudy 24% WSW 12 mph Thu 18 38°/21° Partly Cloudy 24% WNW 11 mph Fri 19 40°/23° Partly Cloudy 11% WNW 9 mph Sat 20 44°/26° Mostly Cloudy 14% WSW 10 mph Sun 21 45°/28° Rain/Snow Showers 42% S 12 mph Mon 22 45°/25° AM Snow Showers 33% W 10 mph Top Stories Where to Expect Snow This Week Forecast: Severe Storms, Flooding Rain Ahead Spring Warmup Could Break Records

Techniques & Tips as of 3/8/21

Indicator nymphing with a bead bodied scud and either a red or black zebra midge as a dropper. Euro nymphing with a size 12 perdigon or a size 14 pheasant tail or zebra midge up top. Black stones size 14-16 with a zebra midge dropper. Cone head or rubber legged woolly buggers and mini leech jigs. Griffith's gnats or size 14 little black stones for dries on sunny days. Nymphing with tenkara helps avoid iced guides. Best fishing between 9am and 3pm. Don't be afraid to throw a streamer on and work it fast! If they are looking they will come up from the bottom to eat! Keep your eye out for midge hatches and rising fish. Some neighboring streams have early black stone flies coming off. be on the look out for blue wing olive mayflies-they start hatching around mid March.

Current Conditions as of 3/8/21

Tue 09 61°/52° AM Clouds/PM Sun 12% SSE 15 mph Wed 10 62°/44° Rain 83% S 19 mph Thu 11 52°/31° AM Showers 52% WNW 11 mph Fri 12 52°/23° Partly Cloudy 6% WNW 9 mph Sat 13 43°/26° Mostly Sunny 6% N 7 mph Sun 14 47°/31° PM Showers 32% E 11 mph Mon 15 47°/26° Rain/Snow Showers 53% S 10 mph Tue 16 45°/26° Mostly Cloudy 15% WNW 12 mph Wed 17 41°/24° Partly Cloudy 24% WSW 12 mph Thu 18 38°/21° Partly Cloudy 24% WNW 11 mph Fri 19 40°/23° Partly Cloudy 11% WNW 9 mph Sat 20 44°/26° Mostly Cloudy 14% WSW 10 mph Sun 21 45°/28° Rain/Snow Showers 42% S 12 mph Mon 22 45°/25° AM Snow Showers 33% W 10 mph Top Stories Where to Expect Snow This Week Forecast: Severe Storms, Flooding Rain Ahead Spring Warmup Could Break Records

Local Species Available Trout Season open until October 15, 2019

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    browns

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    rainbows

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    and brookies

Orvis Madison's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Brassie™ Copper 16
Cone Head Muddler Minnow Brown 8,10
May's Full Motion Crayfish Orange 8,10
Blue Winged Olive gray 16
Holo Humpy red 14
Griffiths Gnat Black 18
Stimulator Olive 14
Bead Body Scud orange 16
Stimulator Orange, yellow 12,14
Pink Squirrel gray/pink 12,14,16

Bead Head Brassie™

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Orvis Madison's Recommended Gear

Description: About Black Earth Creek

Black Earth Creek, in Southern Wisconsin's Dane County, is a highly productive Class 1 trout stream. It begins as a coldwater spring just west of Madison, and empties past Mazomanie into the Wisconsin River. It offers cool, clean, and very clear water meandering through wooded and prairie surroundings. The creek is banked by beautiful bluffs that create the Black Earth Creek valley. Black earth is full of insect life and forage fish, and at times can produce prolific hatches throughout the trout season.

Nearest Airport:

Dane County Regional Airport

Hatches:

Scuds are always present. Nymphs are also a constant. Match the size and shape and color by turning over a few rocks in your favorite stream and see what you've got in you box to match it. Caddis are active and watch for evening hatches of BWO's.

Best Time to Fish:

Mornings and evenings can be highly productive, avoid bright, sunny afternoons

Best Stretch:

South Valley Road downstream.

Best Access:

Scherbel Road at Salmo Pond, South Valley Road, and Wolf Run Trail in Mazomanie.