11-10-02 - It's all about the Pike River Coho's
Rivers Fished: Pike River (including the mouth
on Lake Michigan)
Fish Caught: 1 fair, 1 foul
Outing Date: 11-10-02
Weather: Rainy and Overcast
Air Temp: lower 60's
Water Temp: considerably warmer than last week, but still cool
Water Level: low
Water Color: clear
Fish Species: Coho, Browns and Steelhead
Pattern Fished: ESL's & Wollies
Pattern Color: mostly darks
Fishing Quality: better than last week
Knowing that the Pike still held Coho, I skipped
out on the Milwaukee today and instead was determined to get more
Coho. I arrived about 11:30 am; it seemed that all the fish who
scoffed at my offerings on Saturday had not bothered to move upstream.
The same males, females, and the same little stinking 8" brown
were in their same spots. Well, there were more of them than on
Saturday. I again fished the same area, trying several different
patterns. Eventually (about 12:30) I was rewarded with another Male
Coho who exploded out of the same hole as last week, again pounding
my offering (a Redheaded Black Egg Sucking Leach)! It's SOOOO cool
to see these males hammer the fly, coming out of water about 1.5'
deep into less than 6" of water, all just because they're MAD!
Well, I fished the pool immediately above the bridge
at A, and found some more success with the red-headed ESL, this
time on a male Coho in full breeding dress. I was able to sight
fish him; took several offerings but what seemed to be the best
was to cast upstream and retrieve across the river, in front of
his face. Now I know there's at least one guy on the boards who'd
accuse me of trying to floss this fish; sorry, no dice. This fish
GOT MAD and opened up, taking the fly. In the relatively CRYSTAL
water there's no mistaking a legitimate strike. Well, the first
strike, I failed to set the hook in time, only to watch him simply
spit it back out. The next presentation was better, and he hammered
it with even more gusto than the first time! A quick fight, and
he won, throwing the hook. Oh well, dashed my hopes of my first
2 fish day.
After a while I opted for something different,
so I headed down to the mouth. Put in some lake casting (great when
you have the wind at your back and a 9' rod with wf line ;). Wasn't
getting out as far as the guys with the spoons, and space was relatively
tight at the mouth, so I didn't fair well. Ended up moving to the
interior of the mouth, just inside the river, where several fish
were holding up. Got a couple strikes but didn't set fast enough.
I did foul on a male Coho, and after again having to land him to
remove the hook, noticed how bad of shape he was in. A closer look
at the fish in the pool suggested that they were all old Cohos.
I did see several steelhead and a few big browns taken from the
lake; it appears mostly on spawn or spoons.