9-14-03 - I'm back home!
Waters Fished: Root River, Pike River, Kenosha
Harbor, Oak Creek
Fish Caught: 1
Outing Date: 9-14-03
Weather: Rainy in the AM changing to Overcast in the middle PM
Air Temp: 60's or maybe even cooler?
Water Temp: Didn't take it
Water Level: Variable
Water Color: Pike - Muddy, Root -> Muddy, Kenosha Harbor - pretty
clear, Oak Creek - Muddy
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon
Pattern Fished: Assorted
Pattern Color: N/A
Fishing Quality: It's starting to feel like fall...
So we get in from Canada at like 4:30, but by the
time I'm home it's probably like 6:00 am! After a thorough shower,
doing some laundry, it's time to hit the sack. But I'm back up by
11:00, wondering what to do!?
It's a rainy day, and from what I've heard it rained
all Saturday too....that means our rivers must finally be coming
up..at least to normal levels. Time to go looking for fish!
My first stop was the Root; I had NO expectations
of fish yet because it historically takes 2-3 days AFTER the end
of the rain to crest. As I look now it's just starting an upwards
swing. I was more interested in seeing what they were doing with
the wier, as it totally SCREWED us in August (turns out while we
were at the Dam, the wier was stopping all the steelhead from ever
making it up there...140 fish ran the Root back in August!).
As suspected, the gates were down...no fish can
currently make it upstream. After a bit more scouting and a lot
of time waiting out the rain in my car, it was time to find another
The Pike was slightly up and definitely MUDDY;
TONS of anglers were already out. Upstream, I did see one guy walking
back from the Dam with a chinny on a stringer, so some salmon made
it upstream overnight. Good news!
More good news when I went downstream...tons of
anglers along the beach at the mouth of the Pike River. Mostly tossing
spoons or tightlining spawn. Again, I saw Chinooks taken..in fact
it looked like a limit catch. Several boats were trolling just off
the beach..the fish must be stacking up now. The mouth was flowing,
though not by much yet...another bout of rain should get the Pike
and Root kickin'.
Since I was in the area, I figured I'd find Chromeseeker
if I looked (I left my cell in MS2's car....was without it all Sunday).
So I got to the harbor and found Bart already happy with 3 Browns
landed. All were on the small side, but they're still fish! After
sitting for a bit, CS offered me a rod and I got to casting. M walked
up and said, "Hey Matt, how's your luck?".
I turned in response, "Well, I haven't been
lucky in a week or two..." and then my line got heavy! WHOAHO,
fish on! The battle was short, the drag never even kicked on, and
in a short time I landed my first Kenosha Harbor brown! Probably
around 12" or so, a nice fish...definitely a great fish if
I were on a stream. But for here...hmm..well, let's just say I saw
a 20 lb.+ brown landed on my walk over to CS earlier.
Jacek was also out but wasn't having the greatest
luck...lots of bites, and lots of fish off. At one point he hooked
into a bruiser...man that was a fight to watch! Somehow his line
snapped and the big one got away, but only minutes later he too
landed a nice small brown!
Towards evening I convinced, without much effort,
Bart and Jacek to head up with me to Oak Creek. It was either going
to be hoppin' with fish or devoid of them.
As suspected and my luck usually goes, Oak Creek
was indeed devoid of fish. I'm guessing that before the rains it
was flowing so little that it wasn't even getting the fish's attention...hence
no fish stacked up waiting to run.
We walked the entire stream as usual, only ran
into two other anglers who had been at the mouth, again confirming
that there weren't any fish there either. Oak was running muddy,
making it difficult to sight-fish, so any deeper hole got proped
by all 3 of us on our way down.
Got to the bottom, no fish, so we called it a day
there. I would expect that now that Oak is flowing, it should be
drawing crowds of both kinds. Next rain, all of our streams should
pop...hopefully that rain comes on Thursday or so!