Pine and Popple Wild Rivers
The Pine and Popple Wild Rivers provide anglers with an aesthetic and challenging fishing experience. They are well known for the trout fishing opportunities they provide and both support native brook trout populations. Hatchery-raised brook and brown trout are also stocked where habitat for native populations is poor.
Trout fishing is generally best in May and June before water temperatures warm and again in September as the water cools. Angling for summer trout can be a challenge. Summer success is increased by locating deep water runs with spring seepage or below feeder streams where water temperatures are cooler. Tributary streams also can offer good fishing when trout are seeking cooler water. Fishing from the riverbank can be difficult as many reaches are flanked with heavy brush and trees.
Warm water fishing is a bit more predictable on the lower stretches of the Pine. In the Pine River Flowage and downstream below County Highway N, expect to find northern, walleye, small-mouth bass and panfish. Fishing for northerns, small-mouth bass and walleyes is best in the morning and evening hours. Panfish success depends on their feeding behavior, which can occur any time during the day. To improve angling success, look for weed beds or other forms of bottom structure that will concentrate fish.