8-27-05 - Finally Back to the Harbors!
Waters Fished: Lake Michigan (Kenosha Harbor)
Fish Caught: 0/1
Outing Date: 8-27-05
Weather: Sunny, slight breeze from the southwest
Air Temp: mid 80's for the highs
Water Temp: 70 F
Water Level: normal
Water Color: clear
Fish Species: Brown Trout
Pattern Fished: Kastmasters
Pattern Color: Silver & Blue
Fishing Quality: Tough
While I'm still going through the thousands of
pictures for past reports, I figured I could at least attempt to
stay current - it's easy with a day like this one. Renee & I
arrived in Kenosha around 6:00 PM to find the harbor alive with
activity. Hey, by this time last year I'd had several good nights
at the harbor already...sure enough there were people lining all
the publicly accessible spots where you can shore fish. Even more
exciting was the large amount of surface activity...and yes, you
could even make out that they were mostly browns!
We started on the south wall only to quickly observe
that fish were breaking more frequently towards the pier. A move
to a nearby spot got us into the thick of it. By around 7:00 PM,
I hooked up as my spoon fluttered to the bottom. The usual crowd
of kids and adults formed as I hauled in my first brown of the season,
only to find that it was hooked in the side! RATS.
Shortly thereafter I again hooked up as the kastmaster
fluttered towards the bottom....my drag screamed. All too quickly
though the line went limp...fish off!
Randy and Matt finally showed up and we all took
a break to grill some brats on the shore. Back to the fishing, and
again I've hooked up. Thanks to Randy for the quick net job, but
again, WTF, it's another FOULED fish?!
Well, that was it for the activity...except for
Randy's last minute 12" GOBY that fell into the rocks before
I could get there to snap the picture. Folks have been saying the
harbor action was slow - this evening definitely lived up to that
reputation. Shortly after sunset, most of the surface activity had
died off. We pounded it until at least 11:00 PM before calling it