I was hopping around on Saturday, visiting bridges to talk to other anglers.
- Apr. 14, 2014
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I was hopping around on Saturday, visiting bridges to talk to other anglers.
These two warm water fish are in the same species but are very much different. The walleye grows much larger than the sauger. The walleye has a white patch on the bottom of its tail. The sauger can look a lot like a walleye but they have no white patch on the tail.
I got rid of all the garbage and line this week.
I was contacted by a member of the Driftless Trout Anglers Forum a few weeks ago. He asked me for a tip on where he could fish. He had no free time until last weekend. I sent him my home number and told him to call me if he was in the area.
If you trout fish, don't miss the 'gathering' at the campgrounds in Westby next month.
Have you ever faced a long walk back to your car while fishing?
My knee is still not up to trout fishing.
Two years ago Scott LaRochelle were fishing an upper stretch of one of my favorite streams.
I was seriously hoping this surgery on my back would relieve some of my back pain. My back pain has gotten worse since my surgery.
Luke came up from the Chicago area on Saturday and fished some Crawford County streams.
Through the years many of my fishing partners have taken photos of me while on stream.
I was fitted with a knee brace on Friday.
Dan Braun of Baraboo hit the streams on Saturday's opening morning with the winds howling and the temps around zero.
Some folks ask me why I love trout fishing so much. This photo answers that question.
A live chat with Wisconsin DNR experts about the upcoming proposed rule changes for trout fishing was held on February 18.
At first glance you suspect this waterway could hold big browns and you get the chills thinking about them and you are dreaming of your drag screaming and line snapping.
I can't remember the first time I fished Paradise Creek. It had to have been nearly 50 years ago with my father. I remember the stream well because it was where I caught my very first brook trout.
I have found it to be one of the hardest things to do. There are many tricks to making trout look bigger.
Here's another head scratcher.
Yesterday I challenged you to guess the size of a trout. The guesses have been three or four inches short every time.
Andy with a colorful Richland County brown?
I have fished the hole above ten times over the last three years.
Here are a few things on the agenda for the spring hearing:
Come join the trout anglers of the Driftless Area in merriment and fishing at Trapfest 2014 on May 16 to 18 in Avalanche.
The best fly angler I have ever fished with is hands down bar none John Armstrong. He used to live in Madison and now lives in a suburb of Atlanta. We used to fish three times a week when he worked locally. We fish once or twice a year these days.
My buddy Matt is picture battling a big trout a few openers ago. I told him where to go and he hooked up on a big one. Luckily he had a friend along to wade in to his neck to land the big trout for him.
My buddy and I waded up to this hole. Our expectations were great. It had big trout and lots of them written all over it. Frank picked up one smallish brown on the left as he put himself in place to fish the "Gravy Train."
The one on the left was caught in 2011 and was 24 inches long.
Visit http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/ to subscribe to Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine. My story titled 'My Book of Life' will appear in the February edition.
I hear often that I don't smile in photos.
John Armstrong is from Atlanta, Georgia.
Years fly by these days, but I know this was an opener the spring after I discovered this hole. I arrived a little too early this day and had to wait 2 hours to fish it before the shell ice came of of it.
The photo was taken opening morning in 1996, I'd guess.
I will get my date for complete knee replacement next Tuesday. I'm guessing it will be scheduled for the middle of March.
Wisconsin has a catch and release only season that opens the first Saturday in March each year. I typically don't miss the opener, but this year will be different.
The next couple of years will be telling on the brook trout population. I predict a severe drop in the brook trout population in southwestern Wisconsin in the next three years. Gill lice will be the culprit and not browns pushing them out.
Bad knee and bad back and I am still dreaming about the opener on March 1.
Larry Ladowski caught a tiger on air while fishing with Len Harris. This was the first and only on air catch of a tiger trout in Wisconsin that I know of.
Here I sit at my kitchen table. I am recuperating from back surgery. I had L4/L5 fused together. The surgery was required due to my back wearing out. It wasnít from some childhood injury or a car accident. It easily could have been from a myriad of bad choices or simply not thinking as a kid and young adult.
I went to Gays Mills today to try for pike below the dam there.
My memory works too well some of the time. I am the person in the photo above. I believe it was my wife taking the photo. The photographer is the only thing I don't remember vividly. My old catch phrase was not working this day. Back when I did presentations at schools, I use to call the power point 'Trout Donít Live In Ugly Places.' This day the opposite was the norm. The banks were terribly eroded and cows had pulverized the banks. My expectations were low this day.
This mighty oak stands dormant awaiting the spring to restore it to its summer splendor.
My real heroes are not football stars or the president or some smart guy that invented some computer gadget and will make millions.
Len Harris has changed the name of his personal blog from 'The Stream Of Time' ...
Christmas spirit means many things to the masses throughout the world. It doesnít need to have snow involved or a guy in a red suit.
Your journey through life defines you.
In an earlier blog post, Len Harris detailed a meeting between himself and a pair of elderly trout anglers several years ago. Harris overheard a conversation between the two gentlemen that involved what sounded like a trout fishing heaven and he's been searching for it ever since.
It's my first time on this waterway.
Rodney Johnson and I have have been good friends since I was 14 years old. His family took me deer hunting many times when I was young. The whole Johnson clan is a very warmhearted and generous bunch.
I quit hunting after the 2001 season. My back makes it impossible to carry a heavy rifle any distance. And my family doesn't eat venison.
About 40 years ago a new family moved into the area. The family included six kids. The father managed an orchard in rural Gays Mills.
If you are like me, you are going stir crazy with this five month long closed season for small stream trout.
Blogger Len Harris knows what species this fish is, but do you?
Blogger Len Harris examines the pros and cons of released brood rainbows in Wisconsin's small streams.
What have you done to assure that there is a next generation of anglers?
Trout Season is closed for 5 months?
A recent Field And Stream article got my attention:
I was active Army.
This monstrous small stream male brown was fooled by a Whitlock Mouse in Crawford County.
This Curly Willow is hanging on to her golden mane tightly. She will lose it soon with all the cold weather and wind in the forecast.
It was September of 2010. I was driving home from a trout outing and saw him. He was hopping over a barbed wire fence out in the middle of nowhere. The area he came out of was buck brush central. It was so tight in there I bet he had to walk backwards in some places to get through.
This is one of my favorite stretches. The undercuts and the oxbows are perfect habitat for huge browns. This is NOT a quantity stretch. It is not designated as trout water.
Blogger Len Harris is collecting photos of whitetail deer harvested in 2013.
Patrick Schendal and his cousin Joe Chadwick were enjoying the nice weather near Bell Center. They were hunting with Frank Bartel and his black lab Marley.
It was a late May 2012 in Southwestern Wisconsin. It was unusually warm for May. There was an odd wind coming out of the Northwest. Typically winds from the Northwest this time of the year were cold. The temperature raised about 10 degrees warmer than the day before. The warm up intrigued me. I thought the trout may turn on because of it. I hurried home to get my gear and get out fishing.
Len Harris likes to add the ingredients shown in the photo above to his crock pot.
Blogger Len Harris shares the solution to a trout fishing mystery that he posed to Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com's readers earlier this week.
Puffballs are easy to identify for the beginning mushroom hunter because there are no poisonous species.
The colors in Crawford and Richland Counties were amazing today. I don't believe they will last past this weekend with thew cold and rain.
Try to figure out why I struck out for the opener of the 2012 trout season.
Yes I said 135 days!!!!!
From just a touch of grey to just grey.
Last Wednesday there was a photo of a nice walleye in my hometown newspaper. The editor decided to include me in the caption of some other guy's big fish glory photo. It read: 'The One Len Didn't Catch.'