And you thought you had to travel all the way to Montana for a true spring-creek trout adventure. Not so. Southwestern Wisconsin, a rolling upland spared by the last great glaciers, abounds with cold spring creeks that flow from nutrient-rich limestone. After decades of silting and degradation, many creeks are being rehabilitated into first-class trout waters. Fishing organizations, including Trout Unlimited, assist the state in revitalizing stream channels and installing lunker structures, which stabilize stream banks and provide critical refuge cover for small-stream trout. Public access is excellent, with many easements across private land and legal wade-fishing on virtually all streams. The picturesque hardwood hills smack of New England, and there are literally hundreds of enchanting valley streams to explore in a dozen counties adjacent to the Mississippi and lower Wisconsin rivers. To get an inkling of what a tremendous concentration of spring creeks this is, check out the maps on pages 18, 22 and 23 of the Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations and Guide available from the Wisconsin DNR.