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Sheboygan River - Sheboygan - Wisconsin

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon #20-24 Zebra Midges, Adams
February Midges Afternoon #20-24 Zebra Midges, Adams
March Stoneflies, Midges Afternoon #14-24 Zebra Midges, Pheasant Tail Nymphs
April Blue Winged Olives Morning-Afternoon #18-22 Parachute Adams, Sparkle Dun
Stoneflies Afternoon #12-14 Stimulator, Giant Black Stonefly
May Blue Winged Olives Morning-Afternoon #18-22 Parachute Adams, Sparkle Dun
Caddis Afternoon-Evening #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
June Caddis Afternoon-Evening #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Mayflies Afternoon-Evening #14-16 Emergers, Rusty Spinner
July Terrestrials All Day #10-12 Hopper Patterns, Ant Patterns
August Terrestrials All Day #10-12 Hopper Patterns, Beetle Patterns
September Terrestrials, Blue Winged Olives All Day #10-22 Hopper Patterns, Parachute Adams
October Blue Winged Olives Morning-Afternoon #18-22 Parachute Adams, Sparkle Dun
November Blue Winged Olives, Midges Afternoon #20-24 Zebra Midges, Adams
December Midges Afternoon #20-24 Zebra Midges, Adams

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Sheboygan River in Sheboygan is a hot spot for fly fishing enthusiasts, filled with a multitude of species you can target.

  • Sheboygan River Downtown: Located in the heart of the city, this part of the river is known for its brown and rainbow trout.
  • Kohler – Andrae State Park: Surrounded by pine forest, these waters hold various species like steelhead and salmon and are ideal during migration season.
  • Esslingen Park: Situated upstream of the river, it’s a quiet spot with a good population of resident trout.
  • Johnsonville Dam: Below the dam is a fantastic area for catching large migrating fish during the spring and fall.
  • Pigeon River: As a tributary of the Sheboygan River, it’s an excellent spot, especially for smallmouth bass.

Fly fishing in Sheboygan offers riveting experiences for both beginners and experienced anglers.

Best Access Points

Located in the heartland of Wisconsin, Sheboygan River presents many excellent access points for fly fishing. Consider the following destinations for your next fishing adventure:
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park: Near the river’s outlet to Lake Michigan, the park is perfect for catching salmon and trout.
  • Esslingen Park: Known for the wild brown trout, this park is a local favorite.
  • Jaycees Quarry View Park: Offering good bank access to the river, the park targets smallmouth Bass.
  • River Wildlife: This secluded access point is part of a private wilderness preserve near Kohler village.
  • Taylor Park:& Taylor Drive Bridge: These downtown Sheboygan locations provide easy access and ample parking.
Each point offers unique features, making Sheboygan River a premier destination for fly fishing enthusiasts. Bring your best gear and enjoy the catch!

Local Fish

  • Chinook Salmon – Also known as “King Salmon.” These are sought after due to their larger size, typically reaching around 30 inches.
  • Brown Trout – These fish are a challenge to catch, making them a coveted prize among anglers.
  • Rainbow Trout – Originally native to North America, Rainbow Trout are favorites among fly fishers due to their aggressive behavior.
  • Brook Trout – Recognized by their beautiful coloring and distinct markings, Brook Trout are a popular target in the Sheboygan River.
  • Steelhead Trout – A migratory form of the Rainbow Trout, they are notorious for their fighting spirit.
  • Coho Salmon – Known for their taste and their acrobatic response to being hooked, these fish are a favorite among fly fishers.
  • Smallmouth Bass – These are popular for their strength and determination, adding to the challenge and thrill of the catch.
  • Walleye – Walleye is a delicious freshwater fish that attracts many anglers.

About The River

Curious about the history of the wonderful Sheboygan River in Wisconsin? Settled in 1836, the city of Sheboygan and the river share the same name, which comes from an Ojibwe word meaning ‘waterway between the lakes’.
  • The first Europeans to explore the place used the river as a method of travel to penetrate the land, paving the way for future settlers.
  • Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the river played a crucial part in Sheboygan’s economic development, serving as a hub for shipping, shipbuilding, and milling industries.
  • Today, the river is a must-see attraction and a vibrant center for recreation. Whether you’re fishing, sailing or just enjoying a riverside picnic, there’s no denying the river is the lifeblood of Sheboygan.
Peek beneath the surface of this beautiful river and you’ll uncover an exciting history that shaped the charming city we know today.
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