4-05-03 - The Steelies Beat me AGAIN! GD Weather!
Rivers Fished: Root River, Pike River, Milwaukee
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 4-05-03
Weather: Mostly Cloudy with brief periods of sun
Air Temp: 20's & 30's
Water Temp: 33-34F
Water Level: Up
Water Color: Root River -> pretty clear , Pike -> MUDDY ,
Milwaukee -> a bit cloudy but mostly clear.
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: MP's Antron Bug, MP's Egg Sucking Steely Stone,
MP's Jewel, Gumbo's Kletzsch Clutch, Olive Caddis
Pattern Color: varied
Fishing Quality: :P
Finally made it out at a reasonable time on Saturday;
got to the Root at 7:00. Ice was everywhere on the roads...dangerous
driving! Took a quick look at Lincoln Park; 18 cars already lined
up with anglers in the water. Lots of fish were in the sanctuary
below the wier; this was not the type of fishing I was looking for
so I went downstream to Island Park. A quick temp check showed 34F.
By 8:00 I was already fed up with the number of
angler's out, so I left the Root and headed to the Pike. I arrived
at 8:15; it started snowing and the water was only 32F (well, probably
32.5F). Walked all around checking various holes, but the big deal
for the day was that the water was simply HIGH AND MUDDY. I tried
swinging Gumbo's Kletzsch Clutch Spey in the hopes that such a large
fly would produce a large shadow in this murky water. By 9:45 I
had exhausted all the possibilities of the Pike, the water was still
at the very BOTTOM of my thermometer at 32F, so I went back to the
10:00, got back to the Root. I decided I wanted
a bit of peace and quiet so I opted not to fish Lincoln Park...which
by this time had over 40 cars parked! Insane...but still not quite
as bad as the Chinook Run by my estimation. Knowing that 163 steelhead
had been passed upstream, I tried there.
The water was STILL 34F! I dropped in and worked
downstream, focusing mostly on pockets of deeper, slower water.
I found a few fresh redds, and at one point even had sighted a fish...when
a group of guys came walking across a bridge and SPOOKED IT. Then
a huge LOG came floating downstream...I figured by that point this
fish was not coming back out to play anytime soon. 11:15 I pulled
out as more anglers had shown up and decided to try Lincoln Park.
Got there to find that most of the park had emptied
out...so I was able to drop in just below the weir and work my magic...or
so I thought. By this point the amount of fish in the Sanctuary
had doubled...my guess is that all these anglers going out simply
scare the fish up there, as there is NO legal fishing in that small
By 12:00 I had seen one fish taken on spawn, and
had not faired well, so I decided that the Milwaukee would be the
place to go.
Got there at 1:00 and again found that the water
was COLD; 34F! Switched up to a rig of a Olive Caddis and Chartreuse
Egg Sucking Steely Stone below and indicator. Again I worked the
deeper channels and slower water, but didn't sight any fish. I did
see one guy take a steelie (or at least it LOOKED like a steelie..he
was kinda far away). By 2:30 I was getting frustrated and needed
a change of scenery. So I went back to Island Park on the Root.
I had reports of people slamming them on White
Tube Jigs below a float, so I went with the closest thing I had;
a white PM wiggler. Lost that up in a snag, so I switched to another
pattern that's heavy in white; MP's Jewel. I did see one rather
beat up female sitting the shallows...at one point she threw a fit
and was jumping and thrashing in the water, but other than that
I saw no fish and didn't see anyone take them. A check of the water
temp, STILL 34F.
So mother nature got me again (so much for payback);
at 4:45 I left Island Park, went back up to Lincoln Park to shoot
the weir for you all, and closed out my trip early! I figured I'd
be better doing taxes and writing this report on Sunday, so there
ya go! Gotta wait for things to "heat back up", literally!