11-03-02 - The Pike and Milwaukee Rivers - LOTS
OF FISH still around!
Rivers Fished: Pike & Milwaukee Rivers
Fish Caught: 3 Fouled
Outing Date: 11-3-02
Weather: Sunny Afternoon, Overcast Evening
Air Temp: 40's-50's
Water Temp: COLD COLD COLD
Water Level: LOW LOW LOW
Water Color: CLEAR
Fish Species: Chinooks & Coho
Pattern Fished: Mostly Wolley Buggers
Pattern Color: Black Tail, Black Hackle, Red Body
Fishing Quality: Pretty Good
After Saturday's performance, I figured the Pike
may have still had more secrets to give up. Going on the tip provided
by the angler on Saturday, I finally bit the bullet, got some hip
waders and headed upstream. I wanted to see what the water that
everyone talks about so much is like. To make a long story short,
I took the long walk upstream into the Kenosha Country Club. I did
have to step out once, but if the river was higher (as I'd seen
it) I would have been getting out quite a bit as the water would
have been too deep / dangerous in several spots. As I made my way
upstream, I passed several anglers who were retiring for the day.
Saw 3 Cohos on one stringer, and 8 fish on another (7 Coho, 1 Chinook;
it was two guys, so no exceedence of the limit there). I however
did not see or spook ANY fish on the way up. When I got the the
dam, I found 3 anglers huddling around a tiny pool. Not really my
kind of fishing, so I turned around and headed back downstream.
On my way back I came across 2 fish; one crusty Coho and a second
that was either a female coho or a steelhead. Whatever she was,
she wasn't interested in ANYTHING I had to offer. Wasted too much
time on the fish, so I headed out. A lot of walking for nothing
if you ask me (although I'm sure some of those other guys may disagree).
At this point I will NOT be returning to the Pike until there is
some rainfall; I was informed that the river mouth is CLOSED, and
by now I know that it's not going to open up again without some
decent precipitation. Watch that River Flow Data and the weather
"Guppy" and I had talked about hitting
the Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon, so I put the call in. My backup
plan was to hit the Root farther upstream at Quarry Park (as I have
now joined the ranks of anglers with wading gear), but Guppy's call
came and I headed farther north. We met up around 2:30 / 3:00 and
wasted no time in getting wet. Being my first time on the Milwaukee,
and having seen few fish on the Root / Pike, I was pleasantly surprised.
The river was wide; reminiscent of some of the western rivers, and
many fish were clearly visible.
There were maybe 2-3 other anglers on the river;
thankfully the water was "low" and I was able to wade
most anywhere I wanted to. I can't recall which area of the river
we fished (Guppy, could you fill in the gap on this one?). On the
north side of the stream I found several Coho holding in the faster,
deeper water. My first one landed was possibly fair (she did move
for the fly, again the red-bodied black wolley bugger) but was hooked
on the exterior of the mouth, so I may have actually flossed this
one. Her entire lower jaw was broken in half, and she was covered
in columnaris (aka. the "Crust" you hear so much about).
I landed two more Coho, again crusty, one fouled on the dorsal,
the other on the apidose fin. Both were quickly released.
Arguably Guppy faired MUCH BETTER. He fouled up
on a Coho that took him for quite a walk downriver. Towards the
end of the evening (about 4:45) he hooked up again; trying for a
bright red male coho he inadvertently got the attention of a Chinook.
After a good fight he landed it; 100% fair and a beautiful female
SANS CRUST! This fish swims again, and is there for you guys to
So that about sums up this week's fishing. THANK
YOU GUPPY for meeting up with me and showing me your local stomps;
it's a FUN river!