I'd say the colder the better so if there is open water in Jan. Never know. That's the only one I've ever cought on the wi river. It's also the only one I've ever cought period. The brown trout in the photo was also cought in the wi river. No one I've talked to ever herd of that. That was early spring also.
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Burbot are very widespread in WI - most large rivers have them and so do many small creeks. Once you get to northern WI there are also lakes with good populations.
I would guess the Wisconsin River doesn't have a huge population, might be more in the creeks that feed the river? I guess I would fish deep holes with cutbait at night in late fall or early spring and try it out. Below the dam might be good, I would guess the lower reaches of the larger tributaries might be good spot to check too.
BTW - cool on the open water Burbot catch - especially so far south!
There is one spot where I have seen smaller burbot (up to 15") in the wisconsin river. In fact this June we found one being eaten by a watersnake (Need to find those pictures) There is a trout stream that flows into the river and at its juncture is an 8' hole. I am betting parking here at night in mid november will get a pout.
Might have to try it.
Let's add that to our Wisconsin River mini-roundup targets list.
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Here is the pic of the snake eating the Burbot.
I am game if anyone else wants to try this fall.
Who knows might be Eels lurking too..
Actually Gunnar should have no issues finding this spot. :)
That's a pretty ambitious snake
That's a mouth full!!! Fishing in the fall is great! Would that be on the lower WI river? Or above the dam???
That would be the lower. Not far from Boscobel