Wisconsin

Volunteer Reports for Plover River

Date April 25, 2006  
Time 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Sunny, breezy, nippy
Water Clear, cold, low
Hatches Few caddis; couple of Hendricksons (I think)
Specific Location:  Below Kristof Road

C&R'ed 3-4 small brookies of a wet fly. Water was too low and cold and sun was too high for good fishing. Got to see some of the habitat work on the Plover between Kristof Road & Hwy. 153. Quite nice. Kudos to Herb Hintze of the Wisc. River Valley TU Chapter and the DNR for their work in bringing this about!
- Mitchell Bent


Date May 11, 2005  
Time 0230pm-0400pm  
County Portage  
Weather cloudy 57 degrees
Water low level,clear
Hatches Midges
Specific Location:  little plover river/n of hwy 39

I cauught and released seven brook trout,all too small to keep.I was fishing with 8foot 3 weight flyrod using a "chipea" or "peachi" beadhead nymph. A nymph I tied using peacock and chinchilla.
- david g. stakston


Date July 03, 2004  
Time early morning  
County Marathon  
Weather sun/55-warming
Water high/clear
Hatches
Specific Location:  between n and z

Saw a few big browns, but they weren't hungry for what I had to offer, quiet, peaceful morning-I went home and took a 3 hour nap, what a succesful day!
- Tim Schwartz


Date July 02, 2004  
Time 7-9:30 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Fair; mild; some clouds
Water Normal
Hatches Some small mayflies at dusk. Could not tell what they were.
Specific Location:  Category 4 - Krubsack's Hole area

Wife & I fished Krubsack's for the first time this year. Very slow for quite a while. Using a Sz. 14 Adams and then a Sz. 12 Parachute Adams, we C&R'ed 4 small brookies in the first hour and a half. Once dusk set in, we C&R'ed a few more, including a couple of brookies betwen 9-10 inches and one 10" brown the wife landed. Might've had better luck if we'd stayed longer, but we were all tuckered out. This aging process will kill a person!
- Mitchell Bent


Date June 21, 2004  
Time 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Cool
Water Discolored and high
Hatches Sparse Brown Drake and Caddis
Specific Location:  Above N

Went out tonight hoping to catch the Hex hatch but cold rainy weather has really changed the river this year. Water is as high as I have seen it in June for the past 10 years or so. c&red two nice brookies and 2 browns one 9" and one 13". Won't have time to head out until next week.
- John Meachen


Date June 15, 2004  
Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Clear, fair, calm.
Water Quite high; over the in-stream structures. Temps were cooler than I'd expected.
Hatches A very few light-colored mayflies (Lht. Cahills or Sulphurs), a few caddid and then a brief hatch of either Gray Drakes or smaller Brown Drakes at dusk (never got close enough to see one). Otherwise, nothing much.
Specific Location:  Category 4 section

Tried my same pet spot on the Plover again. Despite the recent rains, skeeters weren't as bad, maybe cuz I took a bath in 40%-DEET "Muskol." Plus, it was nearly as humid as the previous Tuesday. Missed one strike early with a small dry gray cahill imitation, then C&R'ed a couple of small browns with a Sz. 14 Pass Lake dry. Put on a bigger (Sz. 8) Pass Lake dry as dusk approached and caught 3 more browns, one a keeper at 12.00005 inches. River is quite high from all of the rain. Will take a while for it to return to normal flow.
- Mitchell Bent


Date June 15, 2004  
Time 5pm-dark  
County Marathon  
Weather sun/75
Water turbid/high
Hatches
Specific Location:  N of Z

Fished all evening, saw a few small browns but not much biting. Had one on, about 10" but lost him. No hatches, used about every fly I have, no luck. When I switched to an instigator I had some bites. Right before I left I caught a brown at least 4"!!
- Tim Schwartz


Date June 08, 2004  
Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Warm, humid, slight breeze
Water A bit high
Hatches Nothing much except for 65 zillion mosquitoes!
Specific Location:  Category 4 section

First time on the Plover this year. Fished in vain for nearly two hours before I C&R'ed a seven-inch brown. Then I creeled a 13-incher. Both took a Sz. 12 Cap's Hair Wing dry fly. Hardly anything was rising Doped up with 40% DEET-containing Muskol before going out. Was like using a lace screen to stop a charging rhinoceros! Next time, I'm going with the 100% DEET. So it'll peel my skin - at least I'll have SOME blood left when I'm done fishing!! Worst skeeters I've seen since Memorial Day of 1978 in the U.P. near Paulding! Big 'uns, too!!
- Mitchell Bent


Date June 07, 2004  
Time 5:30 p.m. - dark  
County Marathon  
Weather warm and humid
Water high and discolored
Hatches Caddis
Specific Location:  North of Z

Water was high and roiled after all the recent rain but had to try anyway. C&R 7 brook trout of fair size. Pass Lake and Parachute Adams seemed to work best. Managed to have another bear come to drink within 75 feet of me while I was knee deep in the loon ****. Great spot but I keep running into those critters.
- John Meachen


Date May 20, 2004  
Time 10am-6pm  
County Portage  
Weather bad, a cold front, with lower barometric pressures throughout the whole state.rain, eventually the worse in 130yrs throughout most of the central and southern areas.41-55 degrees and rainy, and eventually thunder and lightening intermittently for 3 days
Water bad, gin to tannic clear, but high and rising, not as bad as the blown out streams south but enough to throw the fish and my game off
Hatches lots of swarming, oviposit size 16 big midges with grey wings and gray bodies with a few dark drakes thrown in
Specific Location:  north of bevent

First time I hit this beautiful stream. This was the first of three days I had set aside-and could not change. Such is life, to dream of a few days of bluebird sunny fishing in the winter months, to be faced on the day with cold wet rain, and with lots more to come. So I still fished. The upper Plover is a quiet and serene stream, with sand and gravel bottoms and good access with lots of bridges and open DNR land. Some crossings have small DNR parking too. And the water quaility is good, there are goody number of insects under rocks-stoneflies and caddis mostly, and a few in the drift. I saw no browns and was able to only hook into a few small brookies. I think the weather played a part, my lousy techniques to; but note, my experiences up here is that brookies are keyed into hatches and are hard to fish in May, e June, and that it is a lot easier and more fun into July-Sept when they hit attractor dries with more abandonment. I will come back
- Joe Fojtik


Date September 17, 2003  
Time 5:15 p.m. - 8;15 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Fair, warm, breezy.
Water Good levels, cool temps. Nice!
Hatches
Specific Location:  Category 4 water

Fished Plover in habitat improvement stretch between CTH's "N" and "Z". Caught & creeled a 13" brown on a Sz. 8 3x Long Pass Lake early on, and then had no action, save for one small, suicidal brook trout, until dark. C&R'ed three browns, largest being about 10 inches. Maybe the "big 'uns" have moved further upstream to spawn. Mitchell Bent
- Mitchell Bent


Date August 22, 2003  
Time 7:30 9:00 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Fair, mild
Water Low levels; moderate temps
Hatches
Specific Location:  Category 4 water

Since the heat wave has subsided, I decided to try the Plover again for "guerrilla style" fly fishing at dusk and after it turned dark. Not a lot of action this time around. Fish must be spooky from the hot weather and the lower water levels. C&R'ed four small browns, and C&K'ed one 12-inch brown, all on a #6 Pass Lake dry fly. Hardly any bugs were on or over the water while it was light, and just a smattering of caddis were observable fluttering over the water surface when I turned on my flashlight to see the river after it had turned dark. Nice to be out agian. Mitchell Bent
- Mitchell Bent


Date August 11, 2003  
Time 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Warm, Humid
Water slightly roiled
Hatches
Specific Location:  Above N

Got out for a little bit. I caught nothing on my normal offerings but my guest caught one 15" brown dragging his "Eddie" fly(a huge green bodied fly winged with woodchuck hair) up stream through the rapids and one 12" brook on the Eddie as well. Now I am looking for dead chucks by the side of the road for wing and tail material.
- John Meachen


Date August 08, 2003  
Time 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Fair; mild temps
Water A bit high from recent rains; nice, cool temps
Hatches
Specific Location:  Category 4 water between "N" and "Z"

Returned to the last "scene of the crime" on the Plover. Began with a mangy Pass Lake dry fly (Sz. 6) with a white wing. C&R'ed a small brookie right off the bat. Switched over to a better-looking Pass Lake with a yellow calf-tail wing, and caught & creeled (C&C'ed) a 15" brown. Later on, a really good one hit the fly and snipped it right off of the leader. Lost another fair-to-middling one as well. Then C&C'ed a couple of smaller ones around 12" to fill out yet another limit of browns on the Plover. One small step for brook trout - one large step for mankind!! Mitchell Bent
- Mitchell Bent


Date July 26, 2003  
Time 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Warm, Humid
Water slightly roiled
Hatches
Specific Location:  Above N

No real activity until dusk. Some fish feeding just below the surface at head of the pool at the the base of the rapids. Coaxed one 15" brown to be c&red just before I gave up at 9:15. Weird night. Hot and humid, threatening rain and no mosquitos.
- John Meachen


Date July 24, 2003  
Time 7:45 - 10:00 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Clear; mild
Water Low levels; moderate temps
Hatches Very sparse caddis hatch. Not much of anything.
Specific Location:  Category 4 water between "N" and "Z"

Tried the dusk/dark fishing routine again. Used a Sz. 4 Pass Lake dry fly. Nothing much happening until it began to get hard to see the river. Lost one fish, then caught and keep two medium browns. Last cast produced a 16-inch brown, which also went into the creel. Am doing my best to clear out the "Salmo trutta" gene pool so that "Salvelinus fontinalis" can once again rule the Plover! Mitchell Bent
- Mitchell Bent


Date June 29, 2003  
Time 7-9 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Overcast; some sunny patches
Water Low levels, cool temps.
Hatches Very sparse. Some gray and black caddis, a very few larger mayflies (not sure if they were brown drakes or what).
Specific Location:  Above CTH "N"

Fished up through to the "oxbow" stretch. Very little action. C&R'ed two brookies (one about 10") and creeled one brown. Used Pass Lake dries, Sz. 14 and Sz. 10 3x Long. Quit a bit earlier than I had wanted to, as there was a lot of commotion in the water below me and around the bend. Sounded like it had four legs and thick black fur. Not my type of company!! Mitchell Bent
- Mitchell Bent


Date June 23, 2003  
Time 8:00 - 10:30 pm  
County Marathon  
Weather Hot & humid
Water a little roiled
Hatches HEX
Specific Location:  Above N

Hatch started later around 9:30. Caught and released three browns right before the main hatch and spinner fall. One 18" beauty. Once the hatch and fall fired up they wouldn't touch a thing I offered. Fun to watch them make pigs of themselves. Caught one small brown when things shut down at 10:30 and I left. Supposed to rain the rest of the week. Just as well I need to head to the bench and replenish my fly supply.
- John Meachen


Date June 22, 2003  
Time 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather hot and clear
Water clear near normal flow
Hatches sulfurs , caddis and Hex
Specific Location:  North of N

Hex started after 9:00 p.m. caught one small brown before and lost a heavy one. Caught and released 11 browns 10" to 19 1/2" from 9:00 until 10:15. As memorable as the fishing was, the most memorable moment was when the bear crossed the pool less than 50 yards below me.
- John Meachen


Date June 22, 2003  
Time 7:45 - 10:15 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Fair; mild; little humidity
Water Lower than normal; temps OK
Hatches Early on, there was a little bit of everything (stoneflies, various small mayflies, etc. At dusk and right thereafter, a brief but heavy Brown Drake hatch came off (lasted 30-40 minutes at most); then a few Hexagenias came off. Fish attacked the Brown Drak
Specific Location:  Between Hwy. 29 & CTH "N"

Friend and I hit the Plover in a habitat improvement stretch. He used a Golden Stonefly dry pattern, and I began with a Sz. 14 Pass Lake dry fly. We each C&R'ed a few small brookies and a couple of browns, but we both were frustrated by trout that would smack the fly but not take it. I'd guess we missed 5-6 strikes from fish for each trout we hooked. After it got dark, my friend caught and kept three browns from 12 to 14 inches; he also lost one that probably would've gone 16". He also C&R'ed a nice brookie about 11 inches. I ended up with about eight brookies and four browns C&R'ed. Changed to a Brown Drake dun pattern after dusk. Saw a bunch of deer and two black bears, the latter on the drive over to the Plover. One on CTH "Z" and the other on CTH "Y." Great evening! Mitchell Bent
- Mitchell Bent


Date June 21, 2003  
Time 8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Clear
Water clear and normal flow
Hatches Caddis and Hex
Specific Location:  North of N

Awesome hex spinner fall that began around 9:00 p.m. My son and I caught and released several nice fish in the early stages until the competition with the "real ones" became too great. Big fish cruising and slurping all over not taking anything we had to offer and driving us nuts! When things settled down at about 10:30 my son caught the best brown of the night. The next cast lost the only big fly we had left. To the bench tommorrow after church and to the river again tommorrow night. This river is in great shape.
- John Meachen


Date June 18, 2003  
Time 8:00p.m. - 10:30  
County Marathon  
Weather Clear
Water Clear
Hatches caddis, sulfurs and Hex
Specific Location:  North of N

Hex hatch started just before 9 p.m. and lasted for 45 minutes. Caught and released four very nice browns with several others under 12".
- John Meachen


Date June 12, 2003  
Time 6-8:45 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Fair at start; cloudy at end.
Water Higher than normal
Hatches Lots of gray caddis; a few Yellow Sallies; some other small stoneflies; an occasional mayfly (Hendrickson or Gray Drake, not certain which one).
Specific Location:  Above CTH "N"

Visited this spot for the first time since 1981 when I lived in Wausau. River was high from recent rains. Began at "N" parking lot. River has changed quite a bit since the last time I was there. Lots of fallen willow branches and trees make wading tricky, and they also have trapped a lot of silt. Started with a Pass lake dry fly (Sz. 14). Caught one brown before I lost the fly to the strike of a large brown. Put on a Hendrickson dry (Sz. 12) and caught a couple more browns, one going a little over 11 inches, I think. Lost the Hendrickson to a tree, so I tried a Cap's Hairwing. Nyet, nada! Went back to a Pass Lake again, and had luck C&R'ing four brookies, last two about 9-10 inches. Beautiful fish! Packed it in around 8:45 p.m. Not much rising, but a nice evening anyway! Mitchell Bent
- Mitchell Bent


Date June 07, 2003  
Time 8:00 PM  
County Marathon  
Weather partly cloudy
Water 54 dark clear silt
Hatches
Specific Location:  upstream of town line bridge

First time back to the Plover since moving from the Wausau area. Not much happening on the surface. Had a strike on a wooly bugger, but due to my inexperience nymphing failed to set the hook. Saw a few ?gray caddis? but nothing in the way of a true hatch. Water level high obstructing large obstacles underneath the surface which my shins discovered after dark.
- kurt oelke


Date May 29, 2003  
Time 6-8 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Fair; no wind; some clouds near dusk
Water Normal
Hatches A zillion mosquitoes; a few mayflies late.
Specific Location:  Krubsack's Hole

Wife & I paddled up to Krubsack's for the first time this year. Lots of rises early on, but could not identify what they were hitting. Ran the gamut from a Cap's Hair Wing to a Pass lake (fed that one to a tree!) to an Elk Hairv Caddis to a LaFontaine Sparkle Caddis to an ovi-positing Hendrickson dry fly. All in all, I C&R'ed three brookies and one brown. Biggest was a 7-inch brookie with absolutely GORGEOUS flame-colored flanks. Had on a couple bigger ones that spit the hook. Was hard to detect strikes, cuz I wascasting the flies into the foam area of the Hole, and the fly often was obscured. Oh well, at least there are some trout there, and there's always tomorrow! Mitchell Bent
- Mitchell Bent


Date September 24, 2002  
Time 5-7 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Cool and clear
Water Still high from last Friday's rains
Hatches
Specific Location:  Category 4 water

Wife & I put in canoe at Pine View Road landing and paddled up to Krubsack's Hole. The evening's chill was setting in, and by the time we got to the hole, the rising of fish was tapering off. Wife C&R'ed a small brookie on a non-fly, and I did the same to six small - but beautiful - brookies using a wet fly (Grizzly King) and a dry fly (Pass Lake). Tried using that "miracle" fly - the Pink Squirrel - underneath some of that "Biostrike" strike indicator putty, but they weren't buying it. Maybe that fly works better in the spring creeks of SW Wisconsin. Saw a huge beaver right below Krubsack's Hole. Also saw a big heron and a small flock of wood ducks. Beautiful evening! Mitchell Bent
- Mitchell Bent


Date September 17, 2002  
Time 5:45 - 7:30 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Partly sunny, then turned overcast by dusk
Water Normal
Hatches Some "dancing" flies which I still cannot identify
Specific Location:  Category 4 water

Tried the Plover on the advice of my "disabled" guide who is recuperating from a bad fall (though that didn't prevent him from bagging a black bear a couple of evenings ago!). Began with a Sz. 14 Parachute Adams and C&R'ed a small brown and then C&K'ed (caught and kept) a 12-inch brown. The P.A. began to float off kilter, so I switched to a Sz. 14 Pass Lake. C&R'ed two brookies, including one that was about 11 inches; beautiful fish. Then I C&R'ed a small brown. Right after that, I got a hit from a pretty nice brown that hung on momemtarily until he shook free while surging underneath some bent-over tag alders. Darn!! The point on the Pass Lake became bent, so I tied on a rubber-legged Stimulator, Sz. 12. C&R'ed one smallish brown, and then nothing. Near dusk, I tied on a larger-sized Pass Lake and C&R'ed a small brown, and then C&K'ed a brown that ran 13 inches. Good advice from my "guide!!" Mitchell Bent
- Mitchell Bent


Date June 14, 2001  
Time 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Hot and Humid
Water Stained and high
Hatches Brown Drake and Hex
Specific Location:  North of Hwy 29

Went back to give it another try. Nothing much until close to 9:00 when sporatic Brown Drakes and Hexs started. Caught a few brookies on a brown drake spinner and turned one large brown. The hatch was really starting as dark set in but so did the lightning and I beat it to the car once again.
- John Meachen


Date June 11, 2001  
Time 7:00 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Hot and Humid
Water Slightly high but clear
Hatches Brown Drake
I witnessed a tremendous Brown Drake spinner fall that began shortly after I got on the river at 7pm north of Hwy 29. No use fishing (too much competition) and it was wonderful to watch cruising fish taking the naturals until the thunderstorm chased me to my car
- John Meachen


Date May 19, 2001  
Time Afternoon  
County Shawano  
Weather clear&sunny
Water n
Hatches very sporadic caddis and midges
Specific Location:  lower Plover above Bevent

Date: 05/19/01 County: Shawano Time of day: afternoon Weather: Water: normal levels Hatches: none Submitted by -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Comments: Went to the DNR lot north of Hatley which is decribed as magnificent in Jim Humphrey's book. Upstream looked very silty so I checked with my wading staff and buried it 20" plus at streams edge. So I crossed the bridge and went down stream. Lots of boulders keep the silt from collecting. The fishing was poor. Scared one trout from behind a rock and caught one brookie. Water temp in 60's. No bugs. Went downstream to several spots. Found an Asian family at the Bridge Rd spot complete with mama and many children fishing bait. Water seemed a little slow.Didnt see any fish.
- Ed Miller


Date May 19, 2001  
Time Afternoon  
County Shawano  
Weather clear&sunny
Water Normal
Hatches
Specific Location:  lower Plover above Bevent

Went to the DNR lot north of Hatley which is decribed as magnificent in Jim Humphrey's book. Upstream looked very silty so I checked with my wading staff and buried it 20" plus at streams edge. So I crossed the bridge and went down stream. Lots of boulders keep the silt from collecting. The fishing was poor. Scared one trout from behind a rock and caught one brookie. Water temp in 60's. No bugs. Went downstream to several spots. Found an Asian family at the Bridge Rd spot complete with mama and many children fishing bait. Water seemed a little slow.Didnt see any fish.
- Ed Miller


Date May 15, 2001  
Time 6pm to 8pm  
County Marathon  
Weather 84 and muggy
Water a little high and a little dirty
Hatches very sporadic caddis and midges
Specific Location:  above CTH N

Few fish were rising this evening as it is still a little early in the season for the major hatches to begin. Nonetheless, there were a few fish rising to something I couldn't see in the surface film. There were also a few caddis and midges on the water. Six small brookies and one 12" brown were fooled by size 18 and 16 gray deer wing caddis imitations.
- Greg Baehman


Date August 09, 2000  
Time 7-8 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Fair
Water A bit low
Hatches
Specific Location:  North of Hwy. 29

Used #14 Pass Lake dry for an hour on the Plover. Creeled two seven-inch browns in order to get them out of the gene pool and C&R'ed a very small brown and a spunky brook trout. Had to leave just as they really were rising, as other duties called. That "Special Reg" on the Plover (14" size minimum on brooks, 7" on browns) is such a joke, as it was established for the purpose of cutting into the brown trout population to favor brookies. Yet, the DNR still stocks browns into the Plover and then protects them everywhere else in the system (except for the headwaters) with a Category 4, 12" size limit. Better to electro-shock the browns out of the system and put a bounty on the rest so that the brookies (God's favorite piscator!) can thrive.
- Troutman of the North


Date August 02, 2000  
Time 7-9 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Fair; mild
Water Normal level; a bit warmer than what is optimum
Hatches Some caddis
Specific Location:  North of Hwy. 29

Fished an improved stretch of the Plover. Thanks again to Herb Hintze for the wonderful work he has helped coordinate on that stream. C&R'ed 4 brookies, largest being almost 12 inches, and one stocked brown trout (wish they'd discontinue stocking those ugly things in that beautiful river!). Fished past sunset, and lost a good one that just sipped down my Size 12 Adams dry fly without making much commotion. Used a Parachute Adams that took most of the others. A quiet, lovely evening.
- Troutman of the North


Date July 23, 2000  
Time 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Somewhat overcast, but clear at sunset. No wind.
Water Normal
Hatches Caddis, some White Millers, a few Light Cahills, sparse all around
Specific Location:  South of County N

Fished another stretch of the Plover improved via the efforts of Mr. Herb Hintze of the Wisconsin River Valley TU Chapter and those of the Antigo DNR area office. Thanks Herb! My partner was one of the DNR fisheries folks involved in restoring this section of river. I C&R'ed about six brooks and three or four small browns; only one of the brooks would have been a keeper, had I been so inclined. Partner caught fewer fish, but he did land and creel a 15-inch brown. Not much for rising action. We fished until 10 p.m., trying to find the bigger browns that lurk in the stream, but they were uncooperative. Perhaps next time. Beautiful evening, as always, on the Plover.
- Troutman of the North


Date July 17, 2000  
Time 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather clear & cool
Water Clear
Hatches
Fished the evening on the upper river. There were no hatches evident and no activity apparent. Had a great time caught and released over twenty brookies and browns by working a woodruffs and a big parachute adams in the likely spots. Things have settled down from the high water of a week ago. Need to find more time to fish! Thanks TU and Herb Hintze!
- John Meachen


Date June 13, 2000  
Time 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.  
County Marathon  
Weather Overcast, slight breeze, damp
Water Normal
Hatches Caddis
Specific Location:  Above CTH "Y"

Fished with a friend in the improved stretch above "Y." Using a somewhat bedraggled size 12 Pass Lake dry pattern, I C&R'ed six browns between nine and 11 inches, plus one nice brookie that pushed 11 inches. Friend caught a few smaller brookies and one 10 inch brown using an Elk Hair Caddis. Rises were infrequent, as unstable weather seemed to put fish down. But the "Old Reliable," i.e., Pass Lake, came through in the clutch once again! When we got to the "Y" bridge, we saw a rare sight - three boys wading wet and FISHING! In this Brave New World of computers and video games, it was a pleasure indeed to see that some kids still enjoy fishing!! It should be noted here that the stretch above "Y" which produced the fish we caught was improved due to the exemplary effort of Wisconsin River Valley T.U. Chapter president Herb Hintze of Wausau. While the DNR did the improvement work with heavy equipment, it was Herb who obtained the easements from landowners that allowed Trout Stamp money to be spent on that project. Trout anglers owe a great deal of thanks to Herb for his herculean efforts in getting landowners along the Plover to provide easements so that this wonderful river can be retsored to a semblance of what it was prior to the logs drives of yesteryear that scoured the river banks and made the Plover a wide, shallow river. Thanks, Herb!
- Troutman of the North


Date April 26, 2000  
Time Late afternoon  
County Marathon  
Weather Sunny skies
Water Clear
Hatches cream caddis #22-#24
Specific Location:  above Hwy. N

The Plover is back up to near normal levels from the recent rains. I only had time to fish for an hour or so. There were a few brookies taking a sporadic hatch of small, size #22 to #24 cream colored caddis. I happened to notice several dead 12" to 14" suckers on the bottom of the stream in the short 1/4 mile of the river where I fished. Is this normal? Or perhaps we should be concerned. I'll be fishing this stretch of water in the near future again and will report my observations to the DNR if warranted.
- Greg Baehman


Date April 25, 2000  
Time 11-4 PM  
County Marathon  
Weather Sunny and warm
Water Normal
Hatches
Fished the improvements south of N. Tough going because of sun, fish under banks when walking on improvements came out and went to other holes. Picked a likely looking spot and stayed put, patience paid off, several brookies, largest 12 inches. Saw some "nice" sized fish when walking around on the improvements. Size 12 Hares Ear (Gray).
- Tony Sollitto


Date March 04, 2000  
Time noonish  
County Marathon  
Weather clear and unseasonably warm
Water Normal
Hatches Midges
Specific Location:  at hwy "Z"

Some midges around, but didn't get any action on a Griffith's Gnat. Caught 2 brookies on sz 18 dark colored nymphs. They were small but it didn't seem to matter on this the first weekend of the early season.
- Allen Zimmermann

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