Friday, September 18, 2009

South-Eastern Wisconsin River (Salmon) Fishing Report : Low Flow

Grim news for anglers across Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. The rivers have all but dried up this fall. Southeastern Wisconsin on around the tip of Lake Michigan into the state of Michigan are finding their favorite fall Salmon rivers barely trickling.

The Root River, in Racine Wisconsin, which normally sports one of the healthiest runs of salmon around is barely moving at just 5 cubic feet per second.

Oak Creek, which is one of my favorite streams to fish for migratory Salmonids has also just about stopped moving. It's putting along at 2 cubic feet per second.

My original home turf, the Milwaukee river, which I like to fish late in the run at 120-140 cubic feet per second is running right now at about 100 cf/s. This river needs a bump up to around 200 cf/s for a bit to really get the King Salmon cruising up the rapids.

Letting you all in on some little secrets, my favorite stretch of the Milwaukee river to fish (both with spinners and while fly fishing) is the water north from the Locust Street bridge on up into the lower rapids of Estabrook Park. I like staying away from the areas further North at Kletzch Park.

Your best bet may be throwing glow spoons at fresh King Salmon at night, and fishing for the elusive and nocturnal Brown Trout in any of the Harbors that these rivers and creeks enter into.

I'm going to do my best to get out this weekend and find something biting. If I do, you'll be the first to know.

Glad to be back in Chicago and out of Orlando, FL...
-Tom Harris

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