Buffalo River Brown Trout
Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Buffalo River Wisconsin
The Buffalo River is a 68 mile long river that's a tributary
of the Mississippi River. It is formed at Osseo by the its
North and South Forks. Each of these forks is
approximately 16 miles long. From Osseo, the main stem
Buffalo River flows past Strum, Eleva and Mondovi.

The Buffalo River holds some very nice size and a good
population of brown trout. Trout are present in the North
and South forks of the Buffalo River and the main stem
downstream as far as Strum. Below there, the water gets
too warm to support trout and is more of a smallmouth
bass fishery. All together, including the branches and
main stem, there's over thirty miles of water that holds

All forks are category 4 trout regulation streams. This
means it has a bag limit of 3, with a minimum size of 12
inches for brown trout, and 8 inches for the brook trout.

A segment of the Main Fork is under Category 5
regulations. That means it has a bag limit of two but only
one may be a brown trout and it has a minimum length
of 18 inches. It also requires artificial lures and flies only.
This helps insure this section of the stream will continue
to have some nice size trout.

You can access the Buffalo River from several different
bridges that cross the stream as well as parking areas
along highways 10 and B.

The Buffalo River has several species of aquatic insects
and plenty of terrestrials during the summer months.
Sculpin and baitfish are also plentiful and a major
source of food for the brown trout.

March 5 through September 30
Springtime is a very good time for fly fishing the Buffalo
River due to the aquatic insect hatches
Water levels can get a little low and some areas a little
warm but all but the hottest days usually okay.
Fall is probably the best time to fish the river. Brown
trout spawn in the Fall and become aggressive in their
pre-spawn stage.

Fly Fishing Gear,  Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Brown Trout (stocked and some wild)
Brook Trout (stocked and some wild)

Small to Medium

Western Wisconsin

Nearest Towns

General season starts March 5 to
Sept. 30th.

Special Regulations
Yes, a catch and release section


Non-Resident License
State of Wisconsin

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