8-10-03 - KILLER DAY! Time for another replica
Waters Fished: Paradise Springs, Kenosha Harbor
Fish Caught: 2/4
Outing Date: 8-10-03
Weather: Partly Cloudy
Air Temp: around 80F
Water Temp: 56F in Paradise Springs, 60's in the harbor
Water Level: just a touch low on Paradise, harbor normal
Water Color: crystal clear
Fish Species: Brook Trout, Brown Trout (both inland and Seefollen),
Pattern Fished: Olive Scud, Griffith's, Kastmasters (Silver)
Pattern Color: see above
Fishing Quality: AWESOME
It's taken time, but I've finally figured out Paradise
to my own personal satisfaction...now it's a matter of keeping after
the triple slam here! The big rainbow has been absent for probably
2 months now...either the victim of poaching, heron death, or old
age. However, another rainbow was recently caught by Alex, so although
I haven't seen any personally it's still possible that they're in
This was an awesome day...there were several anglers
out crowding the common spots, but as I mentioned before there are
PLENTY of spots to hit this small water from. I didn't screw around,
today I put things I had learned from my past outing into use and
came up a major winner; here's how it went down.
Toss toss toss under the overhanging trees. An
olive scud was attached; ordinarily too large (the splashdown would
normally spook fish) but under the trees it got attention. And after
repeatedly POUNDING the water I got attention, and a BITE. I reared
back to set the hook and met more resistance than usual...as I worked
the fish out from underneath I saw the largest brown I've probably
ever hooked up with at Psprings...a monster to say the least.
Landing this fish was a pain to say the least,
but I got him in and took numerous pictures while keeping the fish
wet and cool. Afterwards I set to reviving the fish...at first all
was going well and he got up strength and managed to escape my grasp...only
to settle on the bottom 10 feet out and roll over on her side. I
gasped. "CRAP". I watch for a minute but this fish wasn't
getting up. So I ran to the car and grabbed my aquasox (no time
for waders) and came back...nuts she's still on the bottom. I'm
not about to let this fish DIE so I took the plunge (literally).
I was already screaming by the time I was knee deep..and when the
water hit my crotch I shrieked...this was COLD!
After re-netting the fish, and rereviving it, it
managed to squirm free again. I figured everything was good at this
point...but then she settled on the bottom AGAIN. This time however,
she remained upright so I stood and watched (while rapidly freezing).
Might as well take a temperature..only to find out I was in 56F
water. Not lethal unless I stayed submurged for quite a while.
Eventually the big brown took off, although I remained
nervous for a while until I saw it cruising later. All that effort
paid off so that someone else can catch this now even SMARTER big
The remainder of my time at Paradise turned up
another smaller brown and a couple more hits...at that point I called
it a day (3:30 pm) and was heading home; Bart was at the harbor
so a detour got me there around 5:00.
The harbor was FULL of surfacing browns but to
make the story short, we didn't land any. Only saw one landed (nightcrawlers)
but we did get to watch the "tall ships" and all the friggin'
people EVERYWHERE! Overall it made for a nice day, but I think the
random CANNON BLASTS put the fish down (heck I'm sure they sparked
at least one heart attack!).