9-21-05 - First day of Autumn
Waters Fished: Pike River, Lake Michigan (Pike
River Mouth & Kenosha Harbor)
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 9-21-05
Air Temp: 80's
Water Temp: Pike River 70F, Lake Michigan 68F
Water Level: Pike - 10 CFS, Lake Michigan Normal
Water Color: Pike, gray, visibility 6". Lakeshore Turbid, visibility
6". Kenosha Harbor cloudy, visibility 1' maybe?
Fish Species: King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout
Pattern Fished: Eggs, Egg Sucking Leech, Flying Bunny, Clouser Minnow,
Plugs, Kastmasters etc...
Pattern Color: I stuck with classic colors like Chartreuse, Silver,
Black - stuff that shows up in dirty water.
Fishing Quality: dismal
So I had today relatively free after finishing
up a slew of recent reports. I figure I owe you all a good, current,
LOCAL report, so this one's hot off the press only hours after calling
it a day. It's the first day of Autumn, barely 2 weeks left before
nightfishing season ends and already the buzz is in my email that
there are fish to be had.
Knowing I have to start A NEW JOB tomorrow AM,
I wasn't able to cut it to drive to the big Mil. for fish, although
arguably that would have been a better bet. Instead, I headed for
good 'ole Kenosha!
It started around 4:00 PM upstream on the Pike.
A LOT of hiking was accomplished. A LOT of HOT, SWEATY HIKING. The
effort paid off with ONE good chance at a fish...I barely caught
a glimpse of it at first. As I crept down the bank, a woman walking
two dogs (who were really more content to splash in the river) passed
by. I watched the silver fish, it's form barely visible. As I stared,
the form simply vaporized, heck it simply dissolved into the water
before me. Not a trace, no hint of movement. The fish simply disappeared!
I tried the spot for a bit, even got a tug, CHUB.
I worked many consistent holes briefly, giving
each of them a fair shot before heading downstream. There I found
two young guys out with ANTIQUE gear...so antique it still had black
nylon braid line on it. I did sight a fish, a DEFINITE King, tinged
green but still pretty fresh. I tried some ESLs, Speys, buggers,
and even got a chase on an Egg Sucking Yarn. Never did get a take,
and once the kids started throwing rocks in my general direction
I figured I should keep moving.
On down through the detours to the mouth of the
Pike River on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. It was already
starting to take on the party atmosphere. Back inland the wind appeared
to be ever so faintly from the west but here on shore, there was
a strong southeast wind that was kicking up some fairly sizable
I cast spoons and tried flies in the lagoon to
no avail. I DID get to see a fresh silver Coho on a stringer, so
they're around too. A couple King corpses rounded out the "FISH"
In a final last ditch effort, I ran for the harbor.
Not much going on here either. Occasionally a king or a brown would
jump clear out of the water, but there wasn't much other action
to be had. Around 7:30 PM I had to start heading back for Chicago...I
have an EARLY morning!