8-17-04 - MP breaks the big fish skunk!
Waters Fished: Kenosha Harbor, Pike River
Fish Caught: 1/8
Outing Date: 8-17-04
Weather: perfect, winds still out of the west
Air Temp: lower 70's
Water Temp: Didn't take it
Water Level: Normal
Water Color: EXTREMELY DIRTY - lots of debris has been blow into
the harbor by the recent rains.
Fish Species: Brown Trout
Pattern Fished: Kastmasters
Pattern Color: Silver and Blue was the ticket as usual
Fishing Quality: Improving
What can I tell ya...we've been working the harbors lately! Sooner
or later the bite is going to pick up and the crowds will be OUT!
I'm STILL hankerin' for that BIG Lake fish...STILL disappointed
with our charter a few weeks back (again, remember, that's when
everyone in our party got SEASICK except for me...no big fish for
Well, as usual I cut out after work and headed north! Got there
around 7:45 PM, found Bart and got to the business of fishing!
To make a long story short, the Jig Retrieve / Flutter / Polish
Style was workin' for Bart...he had several hits but as the night
progressed, NO LUCK! I joked that I wasn't leaving until I caught
a fish and caught it fair.
So around 10:00 when Bart decided to call it quits, he said "So
I'll see you here tomorrow then..."
I started to say, "No, I already told you I have plans tomorrow..."
but then realized what he was getting at. Well, I wasn't ready to
go home..remember, I said I wasn't leaving until I caught a fish,
and it HAD to be fair.
Ken had arrived around 9:00 and stayed while the fish continued
to roll and occasionally take a snap at our spoons. I watched as
the wind and currents brought all the crap on the surface flowing
back into the channel, and then noticed that many more fish were
rolling on the edge of the sludge. At this point I had hooked into
7 fish but not had any one on for more than a couple seconds.
Well, I looked over and said "I'm gonna move". First
cast in the new spot and I got the "tap tap" on the flutter
down. Set the hook and started going nuts....WHOOO HOO this fish
I started looking around for someone with a net...most of those
folks had gone home but another angler (Chris) came over and subdued
my brown at the shore. Nice and fair! SWEET!
After watching a couple fouled fish being released and knowing
they are still struggling with the warmer water temps, I opted to
take this one home for the frying pan (not that it will fit into
it!). Ken took some shots of me with my first fall brown of the
season, and I thanked Chris profusely for his help.
So, FWIW, the bite is still slow but that could change anytime.
The WDNR report from last week cited the fishing as "SPORADIC"
and "INTERMITTENT" and that's probably a good way to sum
it up. It's funny that AFTER most everyone leaves for the evening,
that's when the fish start hitting.
The ride home I was admitedly thrilled..called Bart and simply
said "I won't be at Kenosha Harbor tomorrow night Bart..."
I made a quick detour over the Pike River, stopping at a couple
spots. I would've fished the mouth, but the fog was dense and I
couldn't see where the river even was. So I had to rely on my ears
to see if I could HEAR any fish moving around. Didn't hear anything
of special note other than one fish down by the lake...