Wisconsin ClearWaters Trout Unlimited and DNR plan Hay Creek Project
The proposed site for the habitat improvement project has the potential to have a brook trout density equal to or above that of the rest of the stream. This habitat project will add to the long history of trout habitat work that was completed in Hay Creek the 1960s and 1970s. Much of the habitat work is accessible to the public, including the proposed site, because easements provide angler access along almost the entirety of the stream.
Hay Creek has excellent water quality and has been designated a brook trout reserve stream by the Wisconsin DNR.
Additionally, Hay Creek is an important coldwater tributary for the thermally challenged Duncan Creek, due to an upstream impoundment. Hay Creek likely provides thermal refuge for trout from Duncan Creek during warm stretches in the summer, and it also is a seed source for brook trout recruitment into Duncan Creek.