Copyright 2019 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Bois Brule River
The Bois Brule River, usually just called the Brule River,
is a 44 mile long river that flows through Brule River
State Forest into Lake Superior. The St. Croix River gets
its water from the same area but flows in the opposite
The Bois Brule River has two major tributary streams,
the Nebagamon and the Little Bois Brule. The river is
known for its fine brook trout fishing as well as
rainbows, browns, steelhead and salmon. One of the big
advantages in fly fishing the Bois Brule River is your
fishing one of Wisconsin's most beautiful rivers.
The upper section is formed by springs and is a slow
moving river that basically flows through a swampy area.
It is best fished from a canoe. Its bottom is mostly sand
and silt. Brook trout are the main species pursued in the
upper river area.
Highway #2 is generally considered the dividing line of
two different types of fishing. Salmon, steelhead and
lake run brown trout are downstream of there. The lower
section has some pocket water, with large boulders and
The middle section of the Bois Brule River consist of
pools connected by riffles. It's fish are primarily wild
rainbows and brown trout.
There are numerous species of aquatic insects that exist
in the Brule. Hendricksons, Sulphurs, American March
Browns, Brown Drakes, Gray Drakes, Great Olive Wing
Duns (Hexigenia), Blue-winged Olives, Speckled-wing
Quills are some of the important mayflies. There are
several species of caddisflies with Cinnamon Caddis
being the most common. Terrestrial insects become
important during the Summer months.
Different special regulation areas open and close at
different times. Make certain you check the current
The spring run of steelhead starts in March and runs
through May. May is a great month for trout fishing the
Lake run brown trout start in early July. The peak is from
mid-July to mid-September. Chinook salmon come in the
river from early July and peak mid August to the first of
September. Coho Salmon start moving up the Brule
River in late August and peak in September. Early
summer continues good trout fishing.
The Fall run steelhead start up the Brule River in August
and continues through November. Mid-September and
late October usually has the best runs. Lake run brown
and Chinook salmon are in the river until mid-October.
Coho are in the river until November.
It is possible to catch trout on the better days.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
For Steelhead and Salmon
7, 8 , 9 or 10 weight for appropriate type
rod, sinking, sinking tip and floating
10#, 12# in 9 to 15 feet lengths
10# and 12#
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly 7, 8, 9 and 10 wt. rods
For 7 to 10 weight lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
KISS Strike Indicators, Lanyards, etc.
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 to 12 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Bois Brule River Fishing Report:
04/22/14 A trout fishing Report will be coming prior to
the opening of the season. Please check back with us
prior to that time.
Some steelhead have been taken but high water has
been a problem recently. It is currently on the rise
and blown out.
Fishing Report Updated 04/07/19
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04/29/14 High water levels with more rain in the
forecast. It will be a few days before the river becomes
05/06/14 Stream level is still very high. It is falling but will
take a few more days to get into good shape.
05/13/14 There really hasn't been any chance for
anglers to fish this past week due to high water
levels which are still high.
05/20/14 The stream levels are still high but should
get better soon. We didn't receive any fishing
reports from last week.
06/03/14 We had a good report from a customer
catching trout a few days ago but the water rose
again. It is falling fast and hopefully will be in good
shape in a day or two.
06/10/14 Stream levels are still just a little too high.
Keep a close check on them or fish with streamers.
06/17/14 Stream levels remain high. We have no
reports from the past week and that's probably why.
06/25/14 Stream levels are back down near normal
and the water is much warmer. Some hatches have
started and fishing should be getting good. We
have no reports from anyone yet.
07/08/14 Stream levels are back up but should fall
back down rather fast. Customers reporting some
good catches prior to that.
07/22/14 Stream levels are down to normal levels
and trout are being caught. Several hatches are
taking place including Light Cahills, Little Yellow
stoneflies, Cinnamon and Green Sedges.
08/12/14 Stream levels are in good shape for a
change and trout are being caught in the middle
and upper river. Terrestrials and tricos are the two
main insects to imitate.
09/02/14 Our customers report good fishing for the
brookies and also picking up a few rainbows.
Terrestrials are working as well as Slate Drakes.
09/16/14 Currently experiencing high, off color
water. A few brown trout are being caught on our
Perfect Fly streamers.
09/23/14 Another good brown trout report came in
last week. Lots of BWOs are hatching and along
with sculpi you should be imitating right now.
10/07/14 Stream levels are currently high but that
is bringing in lots of salmon and steelhead. Egg
flies and streamers are catching fish.
10/14/14 Levels will be high for a few more days
but will bring more fish into the river. This coming
weekend could be good.
10/21/14 The river is in good shape and plenty of
steelhead are being caught. Our customers are
using a variety of flies. Swinging Speys and
streamers is working as well as egg flies.
10/28/14 More steelhead are in the river and
anglers are catching a few but water levels have
made it inconsistent.
11/11/14 Watch the levels but steelhead are
scattered throughout the river and anglers are
catching their fair share. Steelhead flies
04/27/15 Give us a call or send us an email and
let us help you plan your next trip.
05/04/15 General season is open but no reports
from anyone fishing this past week. Conditions
are improving rapidly.
05/18/15 Good conditions. Lots of BWOs, Little
Black caddis and Brown sculpin streamers
05/25/15 Steelhead season (a good one) is
over. Trout season is underway with lots of
people planning trips within the next month.
06/08/15 stream levels are in great shape with
lots of hatches including the big brown drakes,
gray drakes, slate drakes and soon Great
Olive Wing drakes.
06/15/15 Several good reports came in last
week. Good stream levels. Lots of hatches and
some nice trout were caught.
06/29/15 The river is in great shape and
lots of trout are being caught by the few
that are fishing. Lots of hatches.
07/06/15 The stream levels are high but back
on the way down. Two good reports from the
07/13/15 Stream levels back just above
normal. More good reports of trout being
caught. Lots of hatches.
07/20/15 Some lake run browns caught and
lots of trout upstream. Sulphurs are hatching.
08/03/15 Lake run browns being caught
along with good number of trout upstream.
08/10/15 The lake run brown fishing is still
great. Good stream levels.
08/17/15 No reports from anyone fishing
but trout fishing is good as it gets with
terrestrials working. Anglers are still
catching lake run browns.
08/31/15 stream levels down and in good
shape and Coho, lake run browns and
steelhead are starting to move in. This
coming week should be good.
09/07/15 The river is on the way up and
this will bring more salmon and steelhead
in the river. Trout fishing is still good in
the upper sections.
09/21/15 Great conditions from the
lowest level to the head waters. Great
fall like weather, good stream levels and
a lot more salmon are in the river. Trout
fishing is also excellent.
09/28/15 Remember, the 30th is the last
day of the regular trout season. There
are plenty of steelhead and salmon to be
10/12/15 There are a lot of steelhead in the
river but low water conditions has made it
tough to find and catch them. The levels are
about normal. Fish the deeper runs.
10/26/15 Lots of steelhead are being
caught. Swinging, nymphing and eggs are
all working. Great conditions. Give us a call
or email and we will help you with selections.
11/09/15 Stream levels are back down to
normal and plenty of Coho and Steelhead
are being caught. Egg flies and Nymphs
are working best. Swinging is good on
higher water levels.
11/15/15 Stream levels are up to about
223 cfs. This is the last day of the
02/29/16 The season will be starting again
before you know it. We make and sell
directly to anglers everything needed for
the Brule except waders.
03/14/16 The inland trout catch and release
season runs to the first of the regular
season in May. The water is still 37 to 40
degrees at the highest point. Midges, reds
and creams and sculpin, are the main foods
03/28/16 Stream levels are high but falling.
The water is getting a little warmer.
Streamers are the best option at this time.
04/11/16 There have been a few steelhead
caught recently. Stream levels are a little
above normal. Swinging and nymphing
under indicators has been working.
04/25/16 Trout fishing has been very good
until yesterday, when the river begin its
way up. Blue-winged olives, midges and
sculpin are the main foods to imitate.
05/09/16 Good condition, warming water,
BWO, Blue Quills, Little Black Caddis and
more. Send us an email for a list of flies.
05/16/16 Good conditions continue with
good levels and hatches. Two good
reports from the past weekend.
05/30/16 There are a lot of hatches
including Gray Drakes, Brown drakes,
BWOs, Blue Quills, and more. Fish the
upper river. Send us an email and we will
help you with the fly selection.
06/06/16 Two good reports from customers
using Streamers. Stream levels are getting
in better shape fast.
06/20/16 Water is back down again in good
shape. Lots of hatches, BWOs, Quill G.,
Blue Quills, A. March Browns, Green
sedges (caddis) and others.
07/04/16 The river is in good shape top to
bottom, with lots of insects hatching and
lots of trout being caught.
07/25/16 Levels are up some but the fresh
water should help. There are Tricos,
Sulphurs, little Yellow stoneflies, Cinnamon
caddis and other hatches taking place.
08/15/16 Chinook salmon are in the lower
river along with lake run brown trout. Trout
fishing the upper river is still good.
08/29/16 The stream levels are running at
a normal level. Trout are being caught in
the middle and upper sections. Salmon are
in the lower river.
09/12/16 The Lake Run Browns are in and
being caught in good numbers. Our Brown,
White Belly sculpin and the Matuaka
Sculpin will get them.
09/26/16 Trout season ends in 4 days.
Steelhead are being caught in good
numbers. Stream levels are in good shape.
Swinging, nymphs and eggs are working.
11/14/16 There are a lot of steelhead in the
river throughout. Nymphing under
indicators is working best. Our Giant Black
stonefly and Hexigenia steelhead nymphs
01/15/17 The early C and R season of trout
is open, but we didn't receive any reports
for the first week. Let is hear from you.
01/30/17 Fish Cream or red (blood)
midges with the larva and pupa in tandem.
Winter stoneflies are also hatching.
02/20/17 The stream levels are just a little
high and the water stained. It is raining and
the weather very warm, in the fifties. Fish the
Black Matuka sculpin streamer and midges.
03/13/17 The stream levels just a little
above normal but there is some slush and
bank ice in the water. Midges, Creams and
Reds, are hatching. Sculpin streamers work.
03/28/17 A few holdover steelhead have
been caught but no new spring run fish
have been reported yet. Anytime now.
04/24/17 Spring run steelhead are in and
being caught. The upper river trout fishing
is starting with warmer water. Stream levels
are just a little high.
05/01/17 Lower river steelhead are being
caught but the levels are high. The general
trout season is open. Quill Gordons, Blue
Quills, BWOs, little Black caddis and little
05/15/17 Stream levels have been good
but just shot back up a little. Lots of trout
are being caught. American March Browns
are starting to hatch.
05/22/17 Conditions are good and lots of
trout are being caught.
06/26/17 The stream levels are in good
shape and lots of trout being caught in the
middle and upper sections of the river. Lots
of insects are hatching. Email us for a list.
07/10/17 The stream levels are just a little
above normal and our customers are
catching plenty of trout. Good hatches are
taking place and terrestrials starting to work.
Chinook salmon starting to come in as well
as lake run browns.
07/17/17 Stream levels are in good shape
with good numbers of trout being caught.
07/24/17 Lake run browns are being
caught on the lower river. The upper
middle and upper river trout fishing is good.
08/14/17 Three good reports from trout in
the upper and middle river. One good
lake-run brown report near mouth. Good
conditions in all sections.
09/04/17 Trout fishing remain excellent. We
received two good reports. Lake runs
slowed down but some are being caught. A
few Chinook are showing up.
09/18/17 There are good numbers of kings
in the lower river along with some lake run
browns. Trout fishing is still good in the
upper sections of the river.
10/02/17 The river is high due to recent
rain. Running at 297 cfs at 2.39 ft. Watch
levels and fish when it drops low enough to
04/03/18 The river is running a little below
normal levels and in good shape. There is
little slush ice. Midges, creams and light
greens, are hatching good. Fish the larva
and pupa imitations rigged in tandem.
Spring run steelhead are just starting to
come into the lower river.
04/19/18 The river level is low, and
steelhead nymphs fished under indicators is
working better than anything. There's lots of
snow on the ground.
05/03/18 The stream levels are just a little
above normal, and otherwise, in good
shape. There are still some steelhead being
caught. Trout fishing is excellent. Send us
an email for list of recommend flies.
05/24/18 Stream levels are up but should
fall out fast. Great hatches, BWOs, Blue
quills, Quill Gordons, Hendricksons, Amer.
March browns, Green sedges and more.
06/21/18 Stream levels are a little high but
falling. Trout fishing is very good in the
upper and upper middle river.
06/28/18 The stream levels are down
some and should continue down. Trout
are being caught in good numbers. Send
us an email for a fly list.
07/05/18 The river is in good shape in all
respects and good numbers of trout are
being caught. Lots of hatches.
07/19/18 Good stream levels and good
numbers of trout are being caught. Lake
run browns are entering the lower river.
07/26/18 The river is turning out some
good trout in the middle and upper
sections and good numbers of lake run
browns are being caught near the entrance.
08/02/18 The river is still turning out good
numbers of lake run browns. The upper
river trout fishing is very good.
08/16/18 Stream levels are normal for this
time of the year. Lake run browns are still
coming in. Coho should be starting soon.
09/06/18 The stream levels are high and
that is bringing a lot of salmon and some
steelhead into the river. This coming week
should be a good one. Trout are also still
09/30/18 Good reports coming in on
salmon and steelhead. Conditions are
10/17/18 The stream is still a little high but
could be waded in places. Salmon and
steelhead are being caught in good
numbers. It will be even better when lower.
11/07/18 The stream levels are a little
above normal and in good shape. Good
numbers of steelhead are being caught.
12/25/18 Slow right now, but get ready
for the big Spring steelhead run. Shoot
us an email.
01/09/19 The early C and R season of
trout is open, but we didn't receive any
reports. Let is hear from you.
02/20/19 There have been few days
weather allowed much opportunity but it
should improve a lot this coming week.
No reports on trout. Get ready for the
spring steelhead run.
03/15/19 The steelhead season opens
this coming Saturday. Sorry for previous
report that was confused with another
stream on the West Coast.
Customer Reports: 04/02/19
So I fished the Brule River pretty
hard Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday. The water was rising
everyday from approx. 235 to 285
CFM the river section I fished had a
tea colored stain. Others reported
more clear water upstream to
chocolate milk downstream. Water
temperature averaged 36-38
degrees. Weather was typical early
season Brule everything from sunny,
to cloudy with intermittent rain, snow,
sleet and some hail! Caught only a
few steelhead per day ranging for 18
to 24” all hens taken on eggs and
black stoneflies. Others reported
catching some large lake run browns
up to 29”. Rain this weekend has the
flow over 300 cfm so look for better
fishing as the flows begin to trend
downward. Michael Reinhardt
04/06/19 Stream levels are a little high
and the water stainde, but otherwise,
conditions are good. There are plenty of
steelhead in the river.