The Upper Sugar River Watershed boasts something quite rare in the world of angling; an exceptional water resource adjacent to a major urban area.
Many anglers in the Madison area are unaware of the opportunities that exist so close to home in places like West Branch Sugar River and Mt. Vernon Creek. Class 1 and Class 2 trout streams weave around the same watershed that covers the southwest side of Madison, Fitchburg and Verona. This caught the attention of Paul A. Smith, Outdoors Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who first discovered the Upper Sugar River Watershed in a March 2009 article highlighting the major restoration work that had taken place on the West Branch.
Six years later, Smith takes a look back at the work that was done, the great fishing opportunities in the watershed, and a look ahead at future challenges to the West Branch and Mt. Vernon Creek. Thank you to former USRWA President Steve Haak, Paul A. Smith, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for bringing attention to the watershed.