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"!!!