3-16-03 - Anxiously Optimistic, but my enthusiasm
is just a bit early!
Rivers Fished: Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Pike River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 3-16-03
Weather: Mostly Sunny, Thin Overhead Clouds towards evening
Air Temp: 60's, may have dropped to 45F by dusk
Water Temp: 34F in Oak Creek, the rest 33F
Water Level: Up UP UP from weeks past
Water Color: Muddy
Fish Species: none sighted or taken
Pattern Fished: Black
Heron, Popsicle, MP's
Pink Attempt, MP's
Pattern Color: Dark & Bright Combos
Fishing Quality: NADA!
3-16-03 - It seems that often I have the "intention"
of hitting the Milwaukee River on any given day, but I just never
make it 'cause I get bogged down fishing the other tribs. Today
I decided that if I was going to do it right, I'd head as far north
as I was willing to and then work south. Even so I only hit 3 of
the 5 areas that I wanted to, but knowing that conditions would
not improve much between yesterday and today I considered this outing
a "scouting" trip with fishing intermingled.
Started up at Milwaukee at 1:00; the river is still
mostly frozen. I drove Estabrook peering at the river where you
can; it seems that the vast majority is still frozen. Moved further
downstream thinking that a particular spot could be open...and it
was for about 12 feet! Took a quick water temp; 33F (well, actually
Scouting Scouting Scouting! Hit Oak Creek today.
TOTAL WASTE OF TIME. The creek is only .5 miles fishable! It reminds
me of the picture of a Lake Superior Trib on page 108 of Matt Supinski's
"Steelhead Dreams". OK, so it's not that bad, but this
is a TINY creek. It is stocked with comparable levels to the Pike,
so I suspect that runs are thick and quick.
I started at the mouth and tossed for a while...very
reminiscent of the Pike Mouth but slightly easier access. When you
think of Oak Creek, think of the word CREEK. Everything about it
is small. Fishable area at the mouth is SMALL.
Anyways, I spoke with a few local anglers; the
runs go quick in this area. I'm betting the place is a zoo on the
magnitude of the Root River X 10 because instead of five miles,
you have .5 miles! Folks, best leave this one to the locals...a
run could literally occur in 1 day on a river like this. I did take
the time to do a temp; 34F.
I should mention that throughout my scouting in
the last 48 hours, it seems that most of the tribs are clear of
ice upstream but the downstream sections are frozen solid. Maybe
this week's continued warmer temps and rain will remedy this.
After finding and leaving Oak Creek around 3:00,
I headed back to the Pike Mouth...with various pit-stops and local
roads it took almost an hour to get between the two. I fished the
Pike Mouth again, no significant change in the landscape although
the flow seems just a bit reduced. After an hour of tossing speys
in the lake and lagoon, I called it a day.
Next week surely is the ticket, right? ;)