Driftless Area

At the heart of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area are the Viroqua-Westby, Dodgeville-Fennimore areas, defined to their west by the Mississippi River and by the Kickapoo Valley which runs through each.

Never touched by glaciers, the Driftless Area is characterized by its beautifully sculpted topography.  Forested hillsides reach down to valleys cut into limestone bedrock and populated by over 600 spring-fed coldwater trout streams.  Forests, prairie remnants, wetlands and grasslands provide habitat for flowers and wildlife.  Land is farmed by the descendants of those who first settled here, by the Amish who adopted the area, and by a new breed of organic farmer.

The Driftless Area’s thousands of miles of spring creek trout streams support populations of native brook trout and wild brown trout.

Trout fishing is typically early January through mid-October.  Check the DNR website for specific dates.

Iowa streams are open to the public year-round, which is unique amongst neighboring states. Some of the best fishing takes place during the late fall, winter, and early spring. ​​​​​

Fishing Reports

Driftless Angler


Black Earth Angling
Driftless Angler
Jacquish Hollow Angler (Dave Barron)
Rich Ostfhoff

Lodging and Dining

Driftless Cafe (Viroqua)
Fenway House Hotel (Fennimore)
Jacquish Hollow Anglers’ Inn (Richfield Center)
Old Towne Supper Club (Westby)
Vernon Inn & Suites (Viroqua)

Hatch Information

Wisconsin Fishing License

Local Weather


Driftless, MN Fishing

Driftless, MN