Discover the Wisconsin Driftless Region
Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Though the Driftless region has a world-class trout fishery, this just scratches the surface. There’s also a variety of action-packed warm-water fisheries including the Lower Wisconsin River for smallmouth bass. You’ll experience savage strikes, gill rattling leaps, and hard-fighting fish that put a deep bend in a 7-weight fly rod.
This is the perfect mid-summer fishery with fish that aggressively take flies in mid-day, tons of back cast room, no head-high bank grass, and comfortable wet wading in shorts and sandals.
We float the river from put in to take out in a Kevlar Wenona Spirit II canoe outfitted with outrigger stabilizer pontoons and a rowing frame for a stable ride down river. This allows us to do a combination of fishing to bank structure from the boat and wade fishing on the sand bars.
Fishing for wild fish in a wild setting with bald eagle viewing within close proximity to a metro area of 300,000 make this a truly special fishery. Former Montana residents have referred to this as the “Yellowstone River of the Midwest”.
Hot Tip: For a quality and peaceful experience book Bass trips during the week to avoid the craziness of the weekend party crowds.
"My friend Brendan and I had a great day on the water with Craig! Craig spent a lot of one-on-one time with Brendan, as it was only his second time fly fishing. By the end of the day, he was catching fish on his own and eager to get back out to put his newfound skills to use.
You can't ask for much more in a guide. Craig is easy going, knowledgeable, and, if our trip says anything, he knows how to put clients on fish."
- CONNOR L (June 2020)
Hot Tip: For the most options on half-day trips book in April and May because the streams close by aren’t overgrown with vegetation yet.
Madison, WI lies at the doorstep to the best trout fishing in the upper Midwest with Black Earth Creek 15 minutes from town to 13,000 miles of trout streams throughout the Driftless Region. The limestone spring creeks provide trout with consistent 50 degree water temperatures; and an abundant forage base of mayflies, caddis, midges, scuds, leeches, baitfish, and crayfish. This provides us with good fishing opportunities ranging from dry fly fishing to nymphing to streamer fishing for larger trout. This area is truly the Midwest’s Montana.
Our trips begin on the west side of Madison and transport you from busy city traffic to peaceful rural areas with rolling hills and valleys. We go from an urban area of 300,000 to an isolated scenic valley, and uncrowded fishing experience in less than 30 minutes.
Our half-day trips focus on the streams within 30 minutes of Madison in Dane, Green, and eastern Iowa counties. The full day trips range farther afield to Grant, Crawford, and Vernon counties requiring a longer drive and 8 hours of fishing. Full day trips put us on less pressured water, more grazed land for easier fishing, and more options for clear water in big rain events.
Full Day Guide Trip (1-2 anglers)