Wisconsin Lake Mich. Tributary Report
Anybody care to opine about the fall run on the Wisconsin Side of Lake Michigan so far this year?
Root, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee and Oconto rivers.
I'll give my synopsis. I fish one of these tribs alot (3-4 days ea. week). I started fishing beginning of Sept. for Kings. I didn't see a fish till mid-Sept.
I didn't catch a fish (1 Brown and 1 Steelhead) till mid-October. Since then I have caught approx 8 fish. The King Salmon run was approx 10-20% of what it was last year, Steelhead are far and few between. I think I caught the same one in the same pool 4 times on different days. Can't be sure. The Coho's have been far and few in between also. One evening I saw maybe 30-50 Coho's stacking up below a dam. The next day a buddy fished that spot and caught about a dozen. He said they were pourposing all over and jumping. The next day I went to the same spot and not a fish there. It's like they disappeared.
I have seen maybe 6-8 Brown Trout all fall so far. Only 1 Pair on bed spawning.
I have talked to lots of other anglers and its rare to find someone who has caught more than the occasional fish. I have talked to some of the local "experts" and they report very few fish caught.
It's been a tough fall and with the cold temps I don't think thinks will get any better. There is plenty of water in the rivers. Actually there is more than last year.
Now I have to admit I have been doing the Trib. fishing for only 2 years but the difference from last fall to this fall is staggering.
Anybody else got any reports/observations?