9-27-03 - MP's BBQ!
Waters Fished: Root River, Oak Creek
Fish Caught: NO SALMON LANDED!
Outing Date: 9-27-03
Weather: cloudy and windy
Air Temp: Cool, seemed to be 50's max
Water Temp: Didn't take it
Water Level: extremely low on both
Water Color: very stained and slightly muddy on both
Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, Rock Bass, Largemouth Bass?!?!
Pattern Fished: Mostly Wolley Buggers
Pattern Color: Red & Black Wolley Bugger worked best today
Fishing Quality: TOTAL CRAP! (I didn't even fish!)
So today was BBQ Day! It was looking totally horrible..cold
and windy. I spent the morning getting things prepared and we got
to the Root shortly before 12:00 pm. Jim K. and family were already
there...the fishing was tough downstream to say the least. Jim pulled
a rockbass and later, what was determined to be a very small LARGEMOUTH.
Well, we all enjoyed the dawgs, smoked salmon,
potato salad, chocolate chip cookies, jay's potato chips and more!
Many of my buddies made it including Brennon from all the way up
in MN and my buddy Dan who came all the way in from Southwest Missouri
State! Bart & Jacek headed up to the Milwaukee and landed a
few, Jim + Family and Brennon hit the Pike (no major luck there).
My bro and Phil worked upstream in the crowds just below the wier...hooked
into a couple fair but were without net...no fish landed! A couple
steelhead were sighted (nice!). While we sat and ate, and talked,
we counted only TWO chinooks moving upstream by our BBQ location.
Well, after all this, I decided that once again
it'd be time to look at some new river for the boys, and we headed
to Oak Creek. The water level had clearly been up earlier in the
day as noted by the still-wet-rocks with high water marks 3-4"
above the current water level. However, there were NO FISH ANYWHERE!
We walked the entire river and saw NOTHING. This is like the fourth
time Oak Creek has bumped and yet still NO FISH?! Oh well, at least
we had a nice little nature hike to end our weekend!