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We began the day Tuesday in Richland County and the water temps were already near 70 degrees so we quit fishing and traveled westward to Crawford County and colder water and brook trout.

We went to a stream that has a couple brook trout runs that are to die for. We had not fished this area for a couple years.

John was at his normal form. He had on a sparkle back hare's ear this morning and landed 20 decent brookies without taking a step.

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He ended the morning with 35 brookies.

I batted clean up and caught 16 brookies and one brown.

We began at 6am and shut her down by 9:30am. The stream temperatures were rising quickly and we decided the trout could not endure such hot water temperatures so we called it a day.

Water temperatures anywhere near 70 degrees can kill trout even if the trout is brought to shore quickly and released properly. There is not enough dissolved oxygen in the water and the trout suffocate after the release.

John Armstrong is a former Sun Prairie resident. John was a guide and also managed Madison Outfitters for a while before they closed.

Len Harris blogs from the "Heart" of Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Len's passion is small stream trout fishing with every legal means possible. When trout season is closed he writes and takes photos. He even dabbles in a little cooking. Read more of Lenís writing on his blog at

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