Fishing Season: Trout season is open thru October 15 in Wisconsin

West Fork Kickapoo River - WI

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Orvis Madison's Tip of the Week

Winter stone flies and midges are hatching. Nymph and streamer fishing is good. Blue wing olives are starting to hatch-look for rising fish.

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Map of West Fork Kickapoo River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Dave Barron

5-Day Outlook as of 3/8/21

Tue 09 61°/52° Partly Cloudy 11% SSE 17 mph Wed 10 58°/38° Rain/Thunder 86% S 14 mph Thu 11 48°/30° AM Clouds/PM Sun 24% WNW 12 mph Fri 12 46°/21° Mostly Sunny 5% WNW 13 mph Sat 13 42°/25° Mostly Sunny 5% N 8 mph Sun 14 44°/31° PM Showers 32% E 12 mph Mon 15 42°/25° Rain/Snow 44% SSE 10 mph Tue 16 40°/25° Partly Cloudy 13% WNW 12 mph Wed 17 37°/22° Partly Cloudy 24% W 13 mph Thu 18 34°/20° AM Snow Showers 32% WNW 12 mph Fri 19 37°/23° Partly Cloudy 20% NW 10 mph Sat 20 42°/26° Mostly Cloudy 14% SSW 12 mph Sun 21 43°/28° Rain/Snow Showers 40% SSE 12 mph Mon 22 43°/25° AM Snow Showers 31% W 11 mph

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. Tungsten cone head woolly buggers in olive or black size 8-10 are good streamer picksBest fishing between 9am and 2pm.

Local Species Available Trout season is open thru October 15 in Wisconsin

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Orvis Madison's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
T.H. Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa Red 16
Bead Body Scud Pink 12 and 14
Midge black 16-20
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Pheasant 16-20
Blue Wing Olive BWO 16-20
Scud Olive 14
Krystal Bugger Olive 10
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer Black 10
Pink Squirrel N/A 14-16
Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail N/A 16 -20

T.H. Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa

With partridge soft hackle and a tungsten bead, this caddis pupa is best among pupa flies.

Orvis Madison's Recommended Gear

Description: About West Fork Kickapoo River

The Kickapoo river begins near Wilton, Wisconsin and flows south through a deep valley cut into the hilly Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin offering close to 30 miles of designated trout water. It empties into the Wisconsin River near Wauzeka, Wisconsin. The river is very crooked, frequently doubling back on itself as it flows through the Wisconsin landscape. Because of the extremely crooked path of the river, its source at Wilton is just 60 miles (100 km) from its mouth at Wauzeka, although the river is about 130 miles (210 km) long. The Kickapoo, the longest tributary of the Wisconsin River, drains over 800 square miles (2,100 km²) of land in Monroe, Vernon, Richland, and Crawford Counties.

Nearest Airport:

Dane County Regional Airport


Can experience some midge hatches on warmer sunny days. Also look out for early black stone flies.

Best Time to Fish:

Morning and evening on sunny days, midday can be very good as well, weather depending

Best Stretch:

Avoid the section through the Westfork campground at Avalanche. The campground is still recovering from last fall's flood damage. Workdays are being scheduled by the Westfork Sportsmans Club. Please come out to help if you can, your efforts benefit everyone. Check the website or Facebook Page for more details! There are productive sections north of the bridge at County Y and S. Fish upstream. You can also go to several spots downstream of the golf course and at the intersection of Cty S and Hwy 82.

Best Access:

Good to excellent access up and down - also at any bridge crossing