9-24-04 - Back on my home waters!
Waters Fished: Pike River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 9-24-04
Weather: Partly Cloudy
Air Temp: 60's
Water Temp: Didn't take it
Water Level: low, about 10 CFS
Water Color: dirty, visibility maybe 1'
Fish Species: Chinook Salmon
Pattern Fished: Flying Bunnies
Pattern Color: Tried Chartreuse, White, Red etc..
Fishing Quality: Extremely Poor
Not sure how this all started, but I ended up heading to the Pike River to meet up with Bart (Chromeseeker)...he'd been out at Kenosha Harbor all day and was really bored with it; that should tell you something about the fishin' there. It is currently still legal to nightfish, and I know I've told you before but night-time fly fishing is a hoot. Even though we've had NO rain for what seems like 6 weeks, it's crunch time. Better to get out and enjoy the noctornal fly fishing even IF it was unlikely we'd catch anything....I'd hate to think I'd missed that one week a year where it's actually worthwhile to get out and do it!
While on my way I stopped at one of my new local favorites, the Georgetown Market, and picked up a mammoth Roast Beef sandwhich for a whopping $3.50. I've been here a couple times now and it's better than going to the McDonalds or anything else in the area...not to mention they have a great meat section.
But you guys don't care about that, you want to hear about the fishing! Well we hiked in and upon arriving found 4 guys at the spot we had intented to fish...passed another one when crossing the stream, and had at least 2 more pass behind us while fishing. UNREAL! What the heck are all these anglers doing out on the stream at 10:00 PM on a FRIDAY?
The answer to that question is simple, they, like us, were hopefully optimistic. We did actually find two DEAD kings which were still quite silver...perhaps the result of C&R or overly warm water temps during the day. In our time on the water together, we spotted 3 fish moving in far from ideal conditions. 3 fish for 8+ anglers? Somewhere after midnight we decided this just wasn't worth it...any fish that were around were likely getting spooked by all the people walking through the water! We noted the time and pronounced the river DOA for tonight.