Nearly 500 miles of scenic rivers and streams flow through Taylor County with many recreational uses, but it takes something very special to make a trout stream. Among these many waters, there are about 60 miles that are just right for fly fishing. In these secluded spots, you’ll find the essential ingredients for satisfaction: bubbling waters, the tranquility of the woods, and the space to sink deep into the focused concentration of the craft. With a little luck, you may go home with a fine catch of the county’s brown trout, brook trout, or rainbow trout.
Taylor County Trout Stream Map
Trout streams fall into three classes based on whether they hold wild, stocked, or a combination of trout populations:
- Class I: Natural reproduction provides a healthy population of wild trout for sport fishing. These streams are known for small and slow-growing trout.
- Class II: Some natural reproduction occurs, but additional fish are stocked to keep the population vibrant enough for sport fishing. You may see larger than average fish resulting from good survival rates over the winter.
- Class III: No natural reproduction occurs, but annual stocking by fisheries supplies a viable sport trout population each year.
The Wisconsin DNR’s trout fishing regulations are updated each year. Find the latest information on season dates, limits, bait, catch & release, and other fly fishing regulations through the DNR at WI Trout Regulations
A license is required for those 16 and older. Buy a Wisconsin fishing license and trout stamp easily and conveniently at gowild.wi.gov.