10-30-05 - Another Crash
Waters Fished: Milwaukee River, Oak Creek
Fish Caught: 1
Outing Date: 10-31-05
Air Temp: rising to 60's
Water Temp: 49F
Water Level: low, 80 CFS or so
Water Color: stained, visibility 1-2'
Fish Species: King Salmon, Coho Salmon
Pattern Fished: various egg patterns
Pattern Color: the usual ;)
Talk about another sad turn of events. I wanted
to show Nick and Matt some different water on the Milwaukee. We
all kinda slept in a bit...after a day like yesterday what's the
Well, first stop was Kletzch. I had hoped that
maybe we'd encounter some fish trying to jump the falls. Either
we were late and missed it or it wasn't happening at all. From what
I could gather while observing from shore, there were definitely
more anglers than fish.
On way downstream to Estabrook Falls - here too
it seemed there were more anglers than fish. So we went right back
where we were the day prior.
Big surprise, unlike our tranquil day on Saturday
the river was a relative zoo at 9:00 AM. While chatting with a couple
anglers I picked up on the fact that a group of guys had hauled
out "30 to 40" kings on stringers.
Well that would account for the bleak conditions.
Shortly after we arrived, most of the anglers had left. There really
wasn't much to fish for! I do not attribute that entirely to the
purported early morning harvest, but it definitely played a part
in the reduced fish numbers, if true.
Matt, Nick, Renee and I pretty much all went our
separate ways. Throughout the late morning we were definitely chasing
INDIVIDUAL fish vs. PODS of fish. I got luck enough to find a willing
biter in a Jack King. Otherwise...?
Shortly after noon, Matt and Nick had to take off...it's
a long drive back, at least for Nick! After bidding them farewell,
Renee and I kinda wondered what to do...
Believe it or not I was kinda feeling "done"
with fishing, so we did some errands, a bit of window shopping,
and started heading south. We had killed about 2 hours. Awe, what
the heck, even though it's dirt low Renee and I should go look at
Oak Creek, even if just for a hike more than anything else. Well,
before we could fish we needed dinner - we stopped at a local cash-only
bar in Oak Creek and got some grub. Honestly it wasn't too bad,
but not sure it was good enough to share with all of you!
Oak Creek was indeed LOW. ULTRA LOW. However, it
was gorgeous! We did find a pool of agitated fish...mostly Kings
but a couple Cohos mixed in. After a bit of fishing and a lost hookup,
we continued our hike downstream.
We went all the way to the lake and probably sighted
3 fish the entire time. Upon turning around and heading back upstream,
again we found a semi-beat-up king. A few casts produced nothing
other than an agitated fish that slinked downstream into the cover
of a deep bend. Nothing worth chasing.
We rounded out our day with a few more pictures
and some more time on the hole that held fish. Renee had a great
fair king that threw the hooks, and that was pretty much IT for
I wasn't the least bit disappointed though...it
was a stunning day for fall colors.