7-19-03 - FIVE STAR DAY IN TROUT HELL! ALL TIME
NEW RECORD FOR YOUR'S TRULY!
Waters Fished: Paradise Springs
Fish Caught: 5/9
Outing Date: 7-19-03
Weather: Clear + Sunny
Air Temp: about 80F
Water Temp: cold as always, around 60F
Water Level: Down 2 feet +
Water Color: Clear but the surface is completely scummed up.
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Brook Trout
Pattern Fished: Griffith's Gnat
Pattern Color: Refer to the pattern
Fishing Quality: UNREAL! This day was a gift from GOD!
OK, how much can I really say about Paradise Springs
that I haven't already said. It is "TROUT HELL", the trout
are ultra smart. Met Mark S. today; he referred to them as "Trout
So how many times have I gone to Paradise Springs?
According to my records 7 times before this outing. How many times
have I been skunked in those 7? Try 4! What was my all time HIGH
for spending the majority of a day there? 2 FISH. How many people
get skunked here? LOTS! How often? More often than not!
So this was a FREAK DAY! In the last two weeks
the water level has been all over the place due to the dam/dike/retention
wall thingy having problems HOLDING WATER! They've fixed it once,
almost got it back to normal, and then it broke again. I met the
guy who's in charge of it today...he actually thinks there's a leak
where the old generator used to be (there actually was a HOTEL here
at one point in history).
The only thing I can say that I did any differently
was that I got to fishing other areas of the pond that are normally
less accessible; since the water is lower a lot of the holding structure
(including some now clearly visible fish cribs) are all exposed.
Perhaps it has caused the fish to be more concentrated. Or perhaps
the reduced surface area and bottom area of the pond has caused
a shift in the amount of available food? Whatever the reason, the
fish were just more willing to bite than I've ever seen them.
Granted, I came prepared. Being my 8th trip I knew
what I had to do to get even one bite. Always running 7x, always
going super small. That's all I'll say. The fish are ultra smart,
very spooky...you have to be GOOD to get fish here. I have come
to claim that Paradise Springs is arguably one of the most challenging
trout fisheries in the state of Wisconsin, especially because it
deceptively appears to be EASY.
Mark S. was a new acquaintance Alex and I made
at the springs today; he got to take advantage of the killer bite
today; I think in total he landed 6. Of course his first was his
largest, a photo-op brown probably 16" or so. I told him that
was nothing, wait till you see a brookie. When he landed one well...phrases
like "Crikey" and "Fire Engine Read" and such
could be heard from across the pond!
Yeah, so Paradise Springs Brookies are simply gorgeous.
Of special note, the second one I landed almost didn't recover;
while trying to revive I noticed his gills were entirely INFESTED
with Gill Flukes. They were everywhere. Fish like that in aquariums
are basically DEAD. I don't know how he managed to survive as long
as he did with that infestation; he didn't seem to fully recover
so alas that may be one fish that was really better off NOT being
released. Unfortunately I'm NOT a Game Warden nor a DNR Biologist
so that sick fish had to go back in the water. Not much I could
So basically 2 brookies and 3 browns for the day.
Missed several hits in there, a total of 5/9 but there were possibly
3 more hits that I'm not counting..not 100% they were fish hits.
Alex actually did well too, landing one in the brief time he fished.
That's pretty much all I can say about the fishing
today. Got there around 1:00, left around 5:30, so only 4.5 hours
of fishing to get 5 fish. UNREAL GIFT FROM GOD type of day. I actually
cut myself off when I flubbed a cast...5 is enough of a record that
it's going to be tough to beat but I MAY be able to do it...if I
had gone to like 10...well...forget it!
Some other tidbits; I do know of one poacher being
called in...hope he got a huge ticket. When I arrived today there
were also 3 other anglers out but they soon gave up...was happy
to see them all on the FLY...I can share the waters here with fly
guys ANYTIME. Or at least be using artificials like the regs stipulate!
Well, enjoy the pics...the continue on down below
for quite a while!