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which one would be a closest trout stream from Naperville? Im heading up to west upo to Fennimore where are a lot of nice streams, but 4 hours of driving is lil too long and I cant afford that much gas since im addictive fisherman who needs to go fish 24-7 :lol:
 

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that is about the closest real trout stream, if you go near madison there is black earth and some others around there, but if you drive 1.5 more hours west you get into some real water that is well worth the extra drive. As for trout in illinois good luck...I've found one creek that is spring fed and holds natural reproducing trout in it although they are few and far between it is still a treat, but i'm keeping that one to myself.

Let me know how you do and good luck

tight lines,
Sean
 

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I'm sure we would all love a beautiful little spring creek chock full of little natural browns in our back yard here in the Chicagoland area, however you are simply going to have to suck it up and make the drive. Our backyard is SW WI, Michigan and yes, even eastern Iowa. There's just no getting around it. I agree with the comment above, Coulee country is beautiful. I am always amazed that I'm still in the mid-west everytime I go, but there are still plenty of places to go in the Madison area. I guess I'd rather fish Black Earth than not fish and sometimes a few less hours driving makes it a bit more do-able. Go pick up a copy of Trout Streams of Wisconsin by Jim Humphrey and Bill Shogren and a Delorme and have at it. There's a wealth of information in those chapters.
 

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anhourwasted said:
that is about the closest real trout stream, if you go near madison there is black earth and some others around there, but if you drive 1.5 more hours west you get into some real water that is well worth the extra drive. As for trout in illinois good luck...I've found one creek that is spring fed and holds natural reproducing trout in it although they are few and far between it is still a treat, but i'm keeping that one to myself.
Let me know how you do and good luck

tight lines,
Sean
You didnt find that one in illinois thats for sure..
 

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Bluff Creek is a tiny but deep spring fed limestone stream near Whitewater Wisconsin, about 10 miles north of Lake Geneva. Great Browns and Brook trout in there. I also happen to know where that IL trout stream is, and I agree on keeping it a secret! ;)
 

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Muskie Militia said:
Bluff Creek is a tiny but deep spring fed limestone stream near Whitewater Wisconsin, about 10 miles north of Lake Geneva. Great Browns and Brook trout in there. I also happen to know where that IL trout stream is, and I agree on keeping it a secret! ;)

PSST - Come on - I won't tell anyone!
 

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Bluff Creek ?

Are there really trout in Bluff Creek ?
I'll give anyone a dollar for the Illinois trout stream (promise not to tell)
Thanks.
 

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Gentlemen,
Trout Fisherman are like Ruffed Grouse Hunter's. I know I do both. They are not going to share and relieve information that can endanger and destroy the population. You can fish a area out in a trout stream easily and ruin it with a lot of pressure. I know where they are talking but not telling.
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Denny said:
Gentlemen,
Trout Fisherman are like Ruffed Grouse Hunter's. I know I do both. They are not going to share and relieve information that can endanger and destroy the population. You can fish a area out in a trout stream easily and ruin it with a lot of pressure. I know where they are talking but not telling.
Denny
Lighten up - it was a joke


As Fliesonly mentioned, NE Iowa has a great trout program with both stocked and reproducing trout. The streams are small and crystal clear. I've been there a few times and had lots of fun and plenty of fish to eat!
 
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Around Whitewater is OK, too much private property though.

Mt Vernon creek is blue ribbon and catch and release as is Dell creek by Baraboo.

Artificials only.

AS for secret trout streams, well I might or might not tell someone about my favotites like I just did now. I consider these streams hard to fish and like my old BSA Victor, if you can start it you can have it.

Why? Because Trout are not like stupid fish in a barrell. They see you and they get lock jaw, they hear you, smell you, even think your boot hit the water and all bets are off. Simply put they are the hardest of all fresh water fish in the smallest bodies of water to catch and most guys are too stupid and lazy to learn the finesse and art of catching them.

And best of all the wardens up in WI are real nice about catching the morons who park at bridges and start splashing around with a zebco and a can of Crawlers on the better streams with conditional rules. I walk in at least a half mile before I even think of wetting lines
and consider that my effort to fish for excellent stream trout is like courting a woman of class and character, a gentleman will never kiss and tell, I 'll just say I met her and she was very fine indeed.
 

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A handful of years ago I picked up an official Wiscosin map of all of the brooks, streams and rivers that were known to the Wisconsin DNR to possess trout. I distinctly remember a stream (or maybe even TWO streams) that fed into Lake Geneva that were highlighted.

Along the northern edge of Indiana, slightly east of center of the state, The Little Elkhart and Pigeon Rivers are supposed to have good fishing for Rainbow Trout. When I drove to Detroit from Chicago, it took me about three to three-and-one-half-hour of driving. Looking at a map, these rivers are not even half the distance. Perhaps an alternative to the well-known creeks a bit west of Madison, Wisconsin.

P.S. - Up until the mid 1930's, there was still a remnant population of NATURALLY PRODUCING, NATIVE Brook Trout in the Kishwaukee River in Illinois, around Marengo, Belvidere and Rockford. Driving along the Kish in those parts, it is not diffucult to image their presence. It is very sad they disappeared.
 

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I have fished many creeks in search of smallies. I have 3 stream that hit the border of Wis that I have caught trout. But Sunday I went fishing in Rock Creek near my spot in on the outside of town of Manteno IL. I caught 6 trout. These are not native but have been stocked from the spring season
 

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I have fished many creeks in search of smallies. I have 3 stream that hit the border of Wis that I have caught trout. But Sunday I went fishing in Rock Creek near my spot in on the outside of town of Manteno IL. I caught 6 trout. These are not native but have been stocked from the spring season
 

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I am pretty sure that the northern IN streams are all stocked. I don't believe they receive multiple stockings a year and doubt the water quality supports hold-overs. There is a stream in southern IN that is now considered trout water that does support hold over fish. However it would be quite a drive.

Rock Creek is on the IDNR put and take stocking list.
 

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Thanks for sharing the info on Rock Creek. What is a good access point for the creek, K3 state park? Was hoping to give it a shot this weekend.
 

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The state park, especially around the foot brisge gets very crowded during the weekend. If you can get away, during the week is much better. Also as the weather warms there are lots of people swimming and floating. Parking lot was packed a couple of Sundays ago. More cars than I'd ever seen. We walked a ways up stream and managed to have a chunk of water to ourselves for a while.
 
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