3-24-05 - Just puttin' in the time, payin' our
Waters Fished: Pike River, Lake Michigan (Mouth
of the Pike River), Root River
Fish Caught: 0 personally
Outing Date: 3-24-05
Air Temp: 40's
Water Temp: Root 38, Pike 42
Water Level: Root 200 CFS, Pike around 40 CFS
Water Color: both somewhat cloudy, visibility 1-2'
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: Eggs and Streamers, Spawn
Pattern Color: Threw the gamut.
Fishing Quality: Tough
Well honestly, I don't quite remember this day....it
was just one of those ho-hum days you spend hiking around, probing
pools, looking for fish on the redds, whatever it takes, and yet
we came up empty.
I don't remember exactly what time, but I met up
with Ken S. on the Pike. We started scouting downstream spots, working
likely places. Meanwhile, Ken F. showed up and hung out for a bit.
Kinda gets confusing when you're fishing with two guys named KEN!
Guess I should start using his new nickname...the Pike Maven ;)
The Pike ended up being a bust upstream, so Ken
S. and I headed down to the mouth. I was somewhat hopeful that we
might encounter fish holding in the tail of the lagoon, or maybe
even manage to hook up in the big pond.
Ken and I shifted positions a few times...eventually
he spotted something in the riffles just upstream from the lakeshore.
We got set and Ken placed a few good casts to the fish. DARNIT....it's
heading upstream. While helping Ken get quickly rerigged (that way
one guy can watch the fish while the other is busy tying) I briefly
lost sight of it. We resumed fishing, and again Ken got a couple
casts just slightly too far across the stream. As the fish started
to move again, my heart sank as I got a GOOD look at it. SUCKER.
RATS! Well, I had to head to school to grade projects
in the afternoon prior to class, so Ken and I made a mad dash for
the Root. I figured I'd drift some spawn in one of my favorite holes
- a friendly angler going by "JP" was kind enough to share
the bend with me. THANKS JP! Wish there were more like ya on the
tribs...we'd all have more fun!
I literally had about 20 minutes to fish and came
up empty. Spent just a little more time taking some pics of Ken
fishing...some turned out really nice.
Yup, one of those blah days...but if I'm recalling
right by the time I met Ken S., he had already landed 3 fish in
the early hours. FINALLY got his steelies this year! Congrats Ken!