4-04-05 - Doing a little Pre-Fishing
Waters Fished: Pike River, Root River, Oak Creek
Fish Caught: 1
Outing Date: 4-04-05
Weather: Partly Sunny
Air Temp: N/A
Water Temp: Pike River - 40F, Root - 46F, Oak Creek - 52F
Water Level: Pike River - 50 cfs and falling, Root - 200 CFS and
falling, 20 CFS and falling
Water Color: Oak Creek Clear - 3'+ vis, Root muddy, Oak Clear, visibility
Fish Species: Steelhead
Pattern Fished: Egg Patterns
Pattern Color: Red, Pink, Orange, Blue, you name it.
Fishing Quality: Fair
What can I say...5 drifts in on the Pike and I
nailed a chrome looper! And surprisingly, that was IT FOR THE DAY?!
Ken F. was out...he had already landed a fish or two. Guess I knew
where I'd be guiding tomorrow ;)
This is one of those short days...I should've gone
home after landing my fish...along the lines of Len
Harris's "1 over 20", call it a day" rule. Ken
and I headed upstream quickly and ran into Frank Nardomarino of
Guide Service...Frank was already calling it a day after landing
a fish (smart man). At least he had his spring trib fix as well!
I figured I owed it to my clients to check out
some of the other area rivers. Upstream on the Pike wasn't very
active other than for suckers, so it was time to move on and check
out the Root River. After stopping in Lincoln Park, I headed upstream
and fished Colonial. Nothing going on!
OK, time to go to Oak Creek which had been dropping
from the rains a couple days ago. I walked the entire stream and
spotted over 30 new redds! Not a single redd had a fish on it...they
were simply gone! Despite spending a lot of time on Oak Creek, I
only sighted 2 steelhead! Can't really say if it was from massive
harvest for sure, but accounts from my buddies suggested that MANY
fish were harvested on Sunday and earlier this morning. Yes, Oak
Creek is small enough where a couple 5 fish limits can make a serious
dent in the fish population (and fishing quality). The only thing
left to fish for on Oak Creek were the hordes of suckers.