4-26-03 - Saturday was for the birds!
Rivers Fished: Pike River, Root River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 4-26-03
Air Temp: 60's
Water Temp: ?? Lost the Lanyard!
Water Level: low
Water Color: Clear (Greenish Clear on the Root)
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: various speys
Pattern Color: assorted
Fishing Quality: fair
Knowing that I have NEVER hooked up on a fish fair
in the morning, always in the evening, I skipped out on early AM
fishing and arrived at around noon back at the Pike. After sight-fishing
the only fish I found upstream (which was spooked, NOT BY ME but
by other outdoor phenomenon) I moved even further upstream to check
out a "pod of fish" that had been sighted.
So this guy thought they were carp; however the
first fish I saw was a chrome Steelhead on a stringer. However,
that would be the only Steelhead up here; those fish weren't carp
but were SUCKERS, and man were they EVERYWHERE! The bottom of the
Pike was TILED in suckers, especially in the slack water. They were
in greater concentrations in the rivers...in all fairness the numbers
probably haven't changed, they've just grouped up.
So I 1:30 I started heading downstream. I hiked
a section of the Pike that I had only checked out once before; only
sighted 3 suckers. Got a lot of nice hiking in; the scenery was
spectacular. The birds are really making for an interesting day
out; I spotted all sorts of birds from Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks,
and even a CRANE to little things you often overlook (like these
little shorebirds; I think they were plovers and numerous kingfishers).
After a nice 1/2 hour walk, I headed back to good
'ole A & 13th. Made my way up towards the country club; at the
base I came across (and almost overlooked) a steelie holding under
the 2nd bridge. I tried for her a lot, got a couple looks but not
much else. During this time an old buck came rippin through; heading
downstream in a hurry. He wasn't stopping for nothing; I guess the
healthy steelies are dropping back at this point. I left at about
3:15 to head for the Root and meet up with Chromeseeker; along the
way had another lucky bird sighting; a nice male Cooper's Hawk!
My first drop in was at Brose Park; spent 45 minutes
here but only got into the smolts. So I met up with CS upstream
in Lincoln; where he was fishing and had just lost one. They had
spotted one female who wasn't visible when holding, but periodically
jumped. I went at it, throwing everything at her, or more precisely
BEHIND her. My first hookup on the Root came somewhere around 5:30,
with a male who was sitting behind the female. He took MP's Black-Laced
Spey (in Chartreuse)! Unfortunately it was one of those all-too-brief
At 6:00 I headed back upstream to retry the sighted
fish on the Pike. In this time I managed 2 lost hookups; a smaller
male was giving chase but often stopping short, although I did have
him on twice during this time. Most of the other Steelhead sighted
looked like they had the "Shimmy's"; kinda wobbly in the
water and generally just not looking very healthy; instead mostly
lethargic. I kinda think the Pike run is done...as of 7:45 the steelies
slowly made their way upstream and guess who showed up? The CARPETING
of SUCKERS! They started moving out of the pools and sliding one
by one through the riffles on their mass migration back to the lake.
It was kinda strange how they almost appeared like ghosts out of
nowhere...kinda sliding along the head of the riffles until they
found their spot (which they went down backwards!).
So Saturday I was feeling kinda dejected, having
had better luck sighting rare birds! There's still another day in