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4-16-03 - The view of Axehead Lake from the parking lot off of Toughy Ave. I LOVE this little crystal clear lake for it's eager bass and stocked rainbows!
At least I got outside again and was surrounded by a mess of urbanized Canada Geese who tentatively posed for some pics!

4-16-03 - Inland Stockers in Illinois!

Rivers Fished: Axehead Lake
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 4-16-03
Weather: Mostly Cloudy
Air Temp: rapidly dropping to the 40's, with wind chills at 36F
Water Temp: 42F
Water Level: N/A
Water Color: Crystal!
Fish Species: NONE! Normally Largemouth Bass & Rainbow Trout.
Pattern Fished: Olive Matuka, size 8
Pattern Color: Olive
Fishing Quality: POOR!

Knowing I didn't have the time to make another evening run up to Racine (and kicking myself after just listening to Chromeseeker's numbers for this Wed. evening) I had opted to hit a local urban pond in the area for my first inland trout fishing of the season.

Axehead Lake is an Illinois put & take inland rainbow trout fishery, stocked biannually with 10-12" rainbows. It's 30 feet deep, crystal clear, and also houses resident populations of largemouth bass.

I got onto Axehead around 6:45, and quickly noticed that during my drive the air temps had dropped significantly from just an hour before. A quick water temp check showed 42F.

High winds from the north made casting difficult, so I moved to work the point where I hoped baitfish (and freshly stocked trout) would be holding up. Unfortunately, nothing was on the bite. Fishing Axehead normally produces a number of smaller 4-6" largemouths that hit flies with aggression, plus the occasional larger bass, but even they were MIA today. Continually dropping temps forced me to glove up, I could start to see my breath. Spoke with another fly angler briefly who was trying a beadhead nymph without any success.

So by sunset I packed it up! I was honestly hoping for one of those sure-fire days, but conditions just didn't cooperate today! Still looking forward to "Good Friday"!!!

  MP 

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