Mt. Vernon Creek Wisconsin Brown Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Mt. Vernon Creek Wisconsin
Deer Creek and Frye Feeder creeks forms Mt. Vernon
Creek. They both are spring fed creeks with plenty of
brook trout. Mt. Vernon Creek has brook, rainbow and
brown trout. It is best known for its tough to catch brown
trout. Fly fishing Mt. Vernon Creek can be challenging.

One reason the browns are considered tough to catch
by most anglers is they are wild, stream-bred brown
trout. Another reason is the constant pressure the fish
receive from anglers, mostly from nearby Madison,
Wisconsin. This is a very popular fly fishing destination.
Fly fishing Mt. Vernon Creek usually isn't a solitary
experience but done right, staying hidden and using
good presentations, it is often very productive.

This lovely spring creek flows mostly through farmland
but also through the small town of Mt. Vernon. Access is
easy and plentiful. It can be accessed from along
Highway #92 to the point it joins the Sugar River near
Highway A.

Mt. Vernon Creek is the typical Wisconsin spring creek
with long, slow moving and sometimes deep pools
connected by shallow riffles. The springs keep the water
cool and clear year-round. Its bottom ranges from sand
and gravel to clay in some parts of the creek. There are
plenty of undercut banks and enough cover in the
stream to keep the wild browns well hidden.

You have several options when fishing Mt. Vernon
Creek. You can fish its upper part and headwaters for
brook trout, focus on the stocked rainbows, or display
your fly fishing skills and deal with the wild brown trout.  

Due to the relatively high pH of the stream, there's
plenty of aquatic insects and crustaceans for the trout to
eat. That means there's plenty of trout food an angler
needs to match, not only when something is hatching,
but also in the larva stage of life. The stream has plenty
of mayflies which includes a huge variety of Blue-winged
olives, several species of caddisflies and midges and
even a few species of stoneflies.

March 5 through September 30
Springtime is a very good time for fly fishing Mt. Vernon
Creek due to the numerous hatches
Water stays generally cool throughout the Summer
especially near the springs.
Fall is probably the best time to fish the river. Brown
trout spawn in the Fall and become aggressive in the
pre-spawn stage.

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Type of Stream
Spring Creek

Brook Trout (wild)
Brown Trout (mostly wild)
Rainbow Trout (stocked some wild)


Southern Wisconsin

Nearest Towns
Mt. Vernon

General season starts March 5 to
Sept. 30th.


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State of Wisconsin

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