bridge immediately downstream from Quarry Park on the Root.
I managed to sight one rather beat up Coho in this section of
infamous "shelf" at Quarry Park.
12-28-02 - Day number 2 of a 3-Day Weekend of Fishing!
Rivers Fished: Lake Michigan and the Root &
Fish Caught: 1
Outing Date: 12-28-02
Air Temp: 20-40's
Water Temp: cold
Water Level: low
Water Color: Pike = Clear, Root = Stained
Fish Species: Browns, Cohos & Steelhead
Pattern Fished: various
Pattern Color: various
Fishing Quality: poor (except great on the lake)
12-28-02 - Man I had to sleep fast Friday night,
because I was up at 3:30 am Saturday morning to meet up with Fat
and his son Chief for some Lake Michigan trolling. Jerry, a fellow
TSS member joined up with us. We had to wait for the police to open
the gate to our drop in site; got the boat ready and chatted a bit
about fishing and such. We got the boat in probably close to 5:30
- 6:00 am, and got to our site near a warm water discharge about
6:20 or so. We did some early casting near the shore, and watched
the water temps approaching 50F in some places.
Fat brought out all the new toys Santa left; some
awesome trolling rods with line counters, planners, we had a total
of 6 rods working the waters. Chief was a real trooper; he spent
much of the am curled up sleeping and braving the cold. As we trolled
we were soon joined by a couple of guys fishing the shore, a couple
more who parked by the discharge, and by 8:00 am there were probably
6 boats trolling in addition to us.
Throughout the morning I got a lesson in setting
planners, downriggers etc...while Jerry did a bit of driving. One
of the planners looked messed up so I started bringing it in. I
thought I had rigged it wrong because the board was running perpendicular
to the line and was a bear to real in. As we got it close I realized
that there was nothing wrong with the planer; there was a fish on
the line. Man, that thing put up a nice fight. Fat netted it and
we had ourselves a great looking brown. Fat & Jerry say I caught
this fish, but man, it's a team effort, so this one was "OUR"
We continued trolling until about 10:00 or so;
I took the driver's seat as I had landed the fish, so it was time
for someone else to rig & reel. While not skunked, #2 proved
too elusive for us Saturday morning. We had a great time, completely
froze to the core. Got back, got Chief in the truck to warm up and
just like the fish, once he was warm he was full of life and energy;
man that kid rocks!
I decided I still had plenty of day to fish, so
I headed to the Root. I started at Lincoln Park and fished the WHOLE
THING; sighted one small fish (a brown?) in the fish sanctuary,
and another really beat up coho a bit downstream. After such a disappointing
showing downstream, I moved upriver to Quarry Park and fished down
past the 1st bridge. On my way back up I managed to ferret out another
Male Coho, not quite as beat up, and fished him till I spooked him.
I had had enough at this point.
So about 1:30 or so I moved to the Pike. I again
concentrated on the area around 13th and A. Never "disappointed"
with the Pike, I found a Coho under the foot bridge about 13th.
I fished her for a while until I spooked her. During this time,
another fish came up through the riffles and started redding under
the bridge. From what I saw, I'm guessing STEELHEAD! The fish was
flashing all sorts of silver, which was unusual, and looked a bit
more "elongate" than the coho's I've been seeing. I tried
this fish as well, but she spooked fairly quickly. I opted to turn
around and go downstream to come back later after they settled down.
I came across another beat up male coho hiding
under the ice while I walked below A. He was instantly spooked,
and beat up enough that his hole head was engulfed in columnaris.
Not a fish that is ever going to bite, I turned around to hit the
pair of females upstream. When I arrived, to my shock, they were
both NOWHERE to be found, thus I ended my day on the Pike at about