9-24-05 - First Tributary King of the Season!
Waters Fished: Pike River, Lake Michigan (Kenosha
Fish Caught: 1
Outing Date: 9-24-05
Air Temp: 70's
Water Temp: Pike River 68F
Water Level: low, 10 CFS or so
Water Color: dirty, visibilty less than 1'
Fish Species: King Salmon, Brown Trout
Pattern Fished: Eggs, Spoons, Stickbaits etc.
Pattern Color: Chartruese in the river, silver and blue was best
in the harbor.
Fishing Quality: Fair
It's time to start the 2005 King Season! It's been
on my mind for months. After returning from Canada and starting
a new job, only one thing could top all that - KINGS!
Yeah, I'd seen them around on my last trip out
but failed miserably! Well, OK, to be fair, 2 actively cruising
fish aren't the best target - we're looking for holders, resters,
fish that are taking a break and prime to snap anything that flows
So after hitting the Pike and scouting I finally
found fish. 3 hours, 3 hookups. First, 2 hens, one quite chrome,
both off in seconds. Toss in a fouled fish (too much weight on the
rig for the water I was fishing). Patience paid off when one of
the 2 bucks in the bend gently cruised over and sipped in my flies!
One more hookup, the earlier chrome hen again hit.
Darn if she didn't come off almost immediately!!! I looked around,
the fish in the pool now pretty much completely fished out. Time
to head somewhere else.
The Harbor! Kenosha harbor was VERY dirty; winds from the south
again. I initially avoided the crowds and started casting. I switched
lures again and again until finally one produced a hit - the XPS
Minnow, 5", in Blue Back / Silver.
2 more hits later and I definitely was on to something. I moved.
More hits, more missed fish! Renee called - she was on her way north
now. Time is running out.
Time for the 5 casts rule. I moved, took my first cast...nothing.
2nd cast - WHAM! The guy next to me looked over and asked, "Fish
On?" while my rod throbbed and my drag screamed. The fight
went on forever. Finally, the beast surfaced - it was a HUGE brown.
The blue stickbait was right there in the mouth. It made a 180 degree
turn and plunged...the line went limp. @#$@#$%@#.
I packed it up and headed to meet Renee. I've thought about reporting
on the rest of our day - rest assured it was spent fishing. However,
it's a secret mission and I'm content to keep it that way. Win or
lose, the mission didn't matter - I got my first King in the tribs!!!
Melted Drags to all this season!