Yesterday was the start of the early catch and release season, but I waited until today so temperatures would be above freezing. I fished a part of the Mecan River that is open for the early season.
I started seeing browns, some of them whoppers, as soon as I got in the river. I saw over a hundred fish and had 30 or 40 of them follow the lure, bump it, or lightly suck it in. But they just weren’t in the mood to chomp down. I think the water might have been a little cold for them today.
I waded a mile and I didn’t land my first fish until I had gone ¾ mile. It wasn’t a big one, but I was happy to avoid the skunk.
I caught two more below the bridge where I climbed out. That was it for the first outing of the year – 3 brown trout.
2019 was another great year for
fishing. I caught some big ones in the sand counties, completed some nice
backcountry trips, and discovered a couple of promising new spots. I missed out
on the Driftless again because of schedule conflicts and the flooding there,
and that impacted my tallies a bit. I completed 47 trout trips and had no
I fished on four backpacking treks and in seven states including
North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Wyoming, California and
The Wolf River is still open for catch and release trout fishing. I gave it a try this morning. The level was falling, but the section I targeted was still a little deep and the water was dark and hard to see through. The Wolf is what I think of when I see the phrase “walking on greased cannon balls”. I was glad I had my staff with me, but even so the wading was so difficult I almost bailed out after ten minutes in the water.
I’m glad I stuck with it a little longer because I managed to catch two brown trout. I also enjoyed the autumn scenery and seeing the transition from morning fog to blue skies.