September 21, 2013

September 18, 2013

Baked Trout With An Attitude

The last time I did trout my wife complained that it was a little blase.

 Not this time.

Top is chunky rotel chillies and tomatoes with ground red pepper flakes inside and out.

Bottom is lemon herb.

Will have brussel sprouts and hush puppies as sides.

Wednesday Trip To My Mother's

Third cast.

Fresh Pike For Supper!

Tiger Trout

Not sure if Tigers can get Gill Lice but their father the brook trout surely can and their numbers are down significantly in the last three years.

 All the tiger trout above were caught in Crawford County from 1998 to 2011.  The brook trout population is down significantly in that county due to Gill Lice.

The only two Richland County streams I have found brook trout in are infested with Gill Lice.

I have not caught a tiger trout in 2 years.

Three quarters down is the article.

September 17, 2013

Five Months Of Closed Season? Really????

Five months of closed season is outrageous.  Season needs to OPEN January 01 and CLOSE October 31.

September 16, 2013

Five New Trout Anglers Were Born Today

I typically fish upstream. I often park my SUV at the bottom of my trout fishing water and walk back to it after fishing. I have met many a country folk on the way back to the vehicle. I usually chit chat a little with the friendly folks along the way on my sometimes long walk back to my vehicle.

Today was a long fishing day for me. I was in a good mood because of all of my luck and success on stream. I was slowly working my way back to my starting spot when I came upon a house whose owners I had spoken to in the past. I remember the folks as a large Mennonite family.

Dad was in the yard raking the driveway and there were four barefoot little ones running around the yards. All were fair-haired. Three little girls were in different colored long dresses. Their ages I guess ranged from 3 to 6 years old. There was one little boy about 7 years old. The minute I started talking to their dad they all came to see what we were talking about.

They were all very quiet and respectful as we adults talked. Dad asked me if I caught any fish and I told him about my luck. All of the children looked at each other simultaneously and their eyes were as big as saucers and they had huge smiles. Dad saw their reactions and said: "I have been promising them that I would take them fishing. I even bought a rod and reel but we haven't found the time."

The father asked me the laws on him tying on lures and hooks for his kids. I gave him the run down on the trout regulations. The father had never been fishing before and didn't know how to clean trout. That was my cue to speak up. I had two nice browns in my creel. I asked the crew if they wanted to learn how to clean trout?
We went into the yard and opened my creel by the outdoor spigot. The kids were excited but quiet when they saw the two 18 inch trout I had in there. Dad was amazed that the stream right out his front door held such big trout. I got out my scissors from my vest . I was going to show dad how to clean a trout. I went step by step slowly. The dad told his kids to get close and watch how to clean trout because if he was taking them fishing they needed to know how to clean them.

It was like dejavu for me. I flashed back to when I was five years old and cleaned my first trout. I was surrounded by my 5 sisters as I completed the task. These young ones were so quiet and respectful it was like going back in time. There was no screaming or pushing and I was certain they had no hand- held computer nonsense. Outside entertained them just like it did me and my sisters many years ago.

I took out the other trout and looked at the kids and asked: "Which of you are going to clean this trout?" There was not fighting about who was going to do it. The eldest of the four stepped up and cleaned that trout just as well as I did.

I looked at dad and asked if they would like a couple of freshly cleaned trout? He responded right away with a yes. I told him how to prepare them. All three of the little fair-haired girls were captivated with my directions. The father told me the girls had already had cooking lessons from their mother.

The dad thanked me and off I walked. Two minutes later I saw him pull up with his vehicle and he offered me a ride to my auto. We talked on the way and I told him a couple places in the area that his kids could catch some trout easily. Before dad could leave I gave him four panther martins for each of his kids and some size 8 eagle claws and some split shots. Five new anglers were born today. Four young ones and one dad.

You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

 The alarm went off at 6am and I rolled out of bed to go fishing.  My wife awoke also.  She was going in early so I had to take Anna to school.  I was a little pissed because I want to get out before the sun got out.  Family is first and second in my life so fishing had to wait until after I dropped off my daughter at High School.  It was still cloudy when I dropped her off so I was still fired up about fishing.

I arrived on stream at 8:34am.  The clouds had ALL disappeared and it was a robin's egg blue morning.  The reason I wanted to fish today was because we had some decent rain yesterday and I assumed the waterway I was targeting would have a little stain.  It was gin clear and extremely low.  My best laid plans were all messed up.

The waterway is kinda small with a rocky bottom with a little sediment on the corners.  I figured I would work the rapids and any deep water.  The trout were having no part of it.  They were really spooky because of the sun and gin clear water.  I decided some long casts were order.  My first cast was a little short and to the right.  It was 6 inches off the bank.  I cussed the bad cast and reeled in the cast quickly.  To my wonderment there was a huge wake following the spinner.  I slowed down my retrieve and the trout stopped following.

I looked at where the trout came out from as I walk by.  The stream was 5 feet wide and maybe 7 inches deep in the center.  What was noteworthy was there were obvious tapered deeper section tight to shore that went back under the grass a ways.  It didn't look terribly deep so I dismissed it as an anomaly.

It was about 11am and the fishing really sucked.  I was about to leave and decided to change up where I was targeting.  The deep areas and ripples were not producing fish.  I have always fished the non-sunny side of streams before.  Trout don't have eye lids so they serious dislike direct sunlight.  I decided to ignore the deeper area and try those tapered section that I have ignored most of my life.

It was 2pm and I exited my stretch of water.  Until 11am I had caught 5 trout.  From 11am until 2pm I targeted only the shallow tapered sides of the bank with a little current in them with weeds hanging over the edge and I caught 18 browns.  Of those 18 browns the smallest was 14.  A couple were 18 and one must have went 19 inches.

Part of the reason I left at 2pm was my old superstition of losing or landing a 20 inch trout and the day is over.  I cast in one of tapered weedy stream edges and was about to lift my spinner out of the water when a 22-23 male brown in full spawning colors appeared from the shallow lip right in front of me and slammed my panther martin.  There I was with a huge trout on in 6 inches of water and it wasn't tired and I had out only maybe 6 feet of line.  The trout got up on its tail in the shallows and threw the spinner before I could think twice.

As I drove home I thought about what had happened and how unusual it was. I lots of times refuse to fish on sunny days and midday because of the sun.   I also thought I should have taken a photo of the areas I was getting hits in.  I used a spinner for this but a non-weighted woolly bugger could do the same.

Bright sunlight....gin clear water...catching and losing huge trout in 6 inches of water...simply amazing.

Two Weeks!!!!!

Get Out And Fish!!!!

No excuses.  I have a bad back and knee and I am leaving shortly!!!

September 15, 2013

Take A Number!!

If you didn't get out recently you may have blown your chance for solitude this year!

Starting next weekend you may need a number and wait in line at the bridges.

Sept. 20-22 The wisfly boyz will be at Sidie Hollow

A photo of a conclave from years ago.

TU National Annual Meeting is Sept. 27-29, 2013 in Middleton, Wisconsin.

The streams will be very busy the last 2 weeks of season here in the driftless.


Rain Should Turn On Trout

Going out tomorrow morning.

It has been really dry here so the rain pretty much soaked in the ground right away.  The rain also knocked food in the water for hungry trout.

Most streams were really low and clear so the trout were ultra spooky.  The rain was a blessing.

15 more days of season!

Those 5 months of closed season will seem like forever.

There may be relief for that extremely long closed season in sight.  Whispers on the wind say season is going to be lengthened in the next couple years.