3-15-03 - Flows are up but the ice remains!
Rivers Fished: Pike River, Lake Michigan (Pike
River Mouth), Root River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 3-15-03
Air Temp: 50's
Water Temp: 33F
Water Level: Up a bit
Water Color: Muddy
Fish Species: none sighted or taken
Pattern Fished: Estaz Eggs, Speys
Pattern Color: Chartreuse Eggs, darker speys
Fishing Quality: NADA!
3-15-03 - Got a late start as always, but this
time because I had some other things going on in the AM! Arrived
at the Pike around 2:15; started up at A. The water flow is up SEVERAL
inches, but much ice remains. It appears that the upper stretches
may have actually frozen solid, as the water was flowing over VERY
SOLID ice...I had NO qualms about walking on it (besides, the river
is seldom over a foot deep in the places I was). A quick temp check
confirmed what I suspected, 33F.
Moved to the mouth around 2:30 or so, figured there'd
perhaps be some staging on. The Pike is really flowing now, perhaps
more than I recall seeing it through most of last fall & winter.
A deep chocolate plume of riverwater was visible along the lakefront
all the way back at Hwy. E! That's gotta drag the fish in! I tossed
everywhere, both in the "lagoon" and drifting in the outflow
into the lake (the current will take all your fly line out, then
strip retrieve). Drifting the current seems to work great for getting
a fly out as you don't have to fight with the wind to get a far
cast. I tossed mostly speys here, figuring anything small would
just be too small to be noticed in such large quarters.
Around 3:30 I decided to head to the Root River;
my first stop was Lincoln Park to check the wier status. The wier
is still out, but flows were up. River temp was still 33F! I figure
it like this; until all the ice is melted the it's like getting
a coke full of ice at the drive thru; it stays COLD.
Anyways, I worked the pools of Lincoln Park all
the way through. Most of the deeper water is still covered with
ice, the water flowing OVER it. I changed up here and tossed a Black
Heron (for fresh aggressive fish) and a size 12 Chartruese Estaz
Egg for those more interested in smaller offerings.
I moved upstream of Lincoln Park in the hopes that
I'd connect with some overwintered Chamber's Creek that would perhaps
be holding below the gravel. Through several drifts I connected....with
nothing but sticks and leaves! The Root just isn't quite ready yet
from what I observed.
With little time left, I returned to the Pike Mouth
around 5:30 and fished through sunset for about 30 minutes. Being
the best "bite time" of the day I remained hopeful, but
sadly did not connect with anything.
Tomorrow is a warmer day...