11-29-02 - No fish ANYWHERE!
Rivers Fished: Pike & Root Rivers
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 11-29-02
Weather: mostly cloudy
Air Temp: 40's
Water Temp: I would assume very cold, much ice
Water Level: low
Water Color: pike clear, root stained
Fish Species: NONE
Pattern Fished: Various Nymph Patterns
Pattern Color: Naturals
Fishing Quality: NONEXISTENT
Yet another, and possible the last for the season?
If you like reports of frustration and 0 fish, this one is for you!!!!!!!
Of special note, this weekend I changed up from my traditional wolley
/ ESL offerings and started nymphing, back to a dual rig (large
double-beaded stonefly above, smaller krystal-flash based caddis
type below). As no fish were sighted, I went with drifting the deeper
pools I could find.
Got out around 1:00 pm and hit the Pike at A. Focused
most of my attention at the bend directly at A, as the weather is
colder and the fish are "supposedly" holding in deeper,
slower water now. Saw nothing, got nothing. Did take a jaunt below
A and sighted two very crudded up Coho; found one more above between
A & 13th. Very nasty, death's-door kinda fish.
Well, around 2:00 I headed south, keying in on
my prior week's luck at the mouth of the Pike. To my surprise I
found that the entire flood plain was frozen over, with just the
very tip of the mouth open. Water was flowing IN from Lake Michigan,
not the other way. 4-6 foot swells told me to skip this area altogether,
so I headed north to the Root.
Looked like the weather had been just a touch warmer
in Racine, as there wasn't any ice on the Root. Took a walk around
Lincoln Park, looking but not sighting anything. I spent a while
working the tailout of the first pool below the wier down though
the riffles, but again sighted nothing and hooked nothing. Again,
looking for deeper water here but honestly I don't think there's
really any deep slower water in Lincoln Park. Several people were
out, but I saw no fish taken.
Decided around 3:00 PM that I'd head upstream;
a look at Horlick dam showed no one there, so I dropped in. Met
up with one fellow angler who reported that a young kid had taken
a "25 lb steelhead" from the dam, and that he felt there
was nothing left there. He also reported sighting a couple "fresh
coho" and "steelhead" by Quarry Park. Well, we both
went downstream from the dam, I stopped probably only 1000-1500
feet downstream, turned back up, and went back to fish the pool
immediately below the dam. Again, got another report of a "bright
red fish" jumping, which would be a male coho, and yet again
I saw nothing, and hooked nothing. I left, rather discouraged, around