Best Wisconsin Fly Fishing Rivers

Wisconsin has 22 fly fish spots.

  September 17, 2018

Located in the US, the fly fishing in Wisconsin offers over twenty awesome fly fishing destinations. The best Wisconsin fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Kinnickinnic River, Bois Brule River, Black Earth Creek, Wolf River, and Root River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a Wisconsin fly fishing river or stream below.

Where Can I Fly Fish In Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Fly Fishing Resources


Bois Brule River

Southeast of Duluth near Brule, the Bois Brule River is well-known for fly fishing its brook trout and brown trout. The Bois Brule River starts at Upper St. Croix Lake and flows 45 miles north to Lake Superior confluence. On the upper stretches, the fly fishing on the Bois Brule is excellent from a canoe.  MORE INFO

Kinnickinnic River

East of Minneapolis near River Falls in western Wisconsin, the Kinnickinnic River (aka Kinni River) is popular with fly fishermen. When fly fishing on the Kinni River, you can expect to find plenty of brook trout. There are twenty-three public access points upstream of River Falls spread along the main Kinnickinnic River, the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River and the Parker Creek.  MORE INFO

Black Earth Creek

West of Madison and Cross Plains, the Black Earth Creek is well known for its fly fishing of brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout. The Black Earth Creek starts as a spring west of Madison and runs to the Wisconsin River confluence. It is a Class 1 trout stream and is known for some prolific hatches. The best section for fly fishing on the Black Earth Creek is downstream of South Valley Road where there is public access.  MORE INFO

Wolf River

Near White Lake and Pearson, the Wolf River is considered by some to be the best river in the state for fly fishing. The best stretches begin after the confluence of the Hunting River near Pearson; this begins a first-class 34 mile stretch with great accessibility. You can expect to find brown trout and rainbow trout.  MORE INFO

Root River

West of Racine, the Root River is a popular fly fishery known for its brown trout, steelhead and salmon. The best time of year for fly fishing on the Root River is in the Spring and the Fall. One of the better sections of the Root River...  MORE INFO

Milwaukee River

North of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee River is known for its population of smallmouth bass, salmon and steelhead. There may also some brown trout found in the Spring and Fall. A popular section for fly fishing on the Milwaukee River is around Kletzsch Park located off SR57.  MORE INFO

Namekagon River

South of Cable, the Namekagon River is popular with fly fisherman. The Namekagon River starts at Namekagon Lake and heads down 20 miles to the St. Croix River confluence.  MORE INFO

West Fork Kickapoo River

Near Coon Valley in southwestern Wisconsin, the West Fork of the Kickapoo River is popular for its brown trout. Along the popular 9 mile catch-and-release section, you can even find some good size browns ranging from 16 to 18 inches in length.  MORE INFO

West Fork Kickapoo River

Southeast of La Crosse and Westby, the West Fork Kickapoo River is known for its trout fly fishing. The better sections for fly fishing on the West Fork Kickapoo River include near the town of Bloomingdale and also the Avalanche campgrounds.  MORE INFO