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Gurth  
#1 Posted : Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:40:13 PM(UTC)
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So the wife wants me to go with her to her mother's house (Burlington) in the next few weeks and there's nothing to do there coz it's an old person's house but she's dangling the carrot of the Root (Racine).

I could drop her off and go fish and then come back to go out to lunch.

In reading old Lake Link reports, seems there is a spring season but maybe not till into March?

Anyone fish the Root this time of year and is there anything in there?


There are "trout streams" nearby that I could check out instead and if I'm gonna have a slow day would rather it be on a stream than in an urban environment.

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#2 Posted : Thursday, February 15, 2018 4:18:50 PM(UTC)
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The Tribs have fish all winter long but you're early for a major run of fish.

There's places on the roof that don't feel urban at all.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:12:24 PM(UTC)
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Hope for some warm weather before you plan to go for a couple of reasons: If it's cold, much of the river-especially the slower deeper water that would hold fish this time of year will be frozen over; also, some higher flows, snow melt and rain, may bring some fresh fish in from the lake.

I've dabbled in fishing the Root in late Winter (usually opted for Indiana in January and February as those tribs are more likely to be open that time of year due to more groundwater flow) and it's pretty hit-or-miss. I made the mistake of facing downstream while fishing out a swinging wet fly and did not see the huge chunk of ice that nearly knocked me off me feet when it slammed into the back of my leg.

Think "low and slow" for a presentation if you're going to fish for steelhead anytime soon.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:33:23 PM(UTC)
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There are fish in there, but most are out in the harbors yet. If you float a spawn bag just off the bottom in the deepest pools, you’ll have a decent chance at moving something. Make sure you have a rod of at least 7 feet to control them.
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#5 Posted : Thursday, February 15, 2018 11:42:11 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gurth Go to Quoted Post
So the wife wants me to go with her to her mother's house (Burlington) in the next few weeks and there's nothing to do there coz it's an old person's house but she's dangling the carrot of the Root (Racine).

I could drop her off and go fish and then come back to go out to lunch.

In reading old Lake Link reports, seems there is a spring season but maybe not till into March?

Anyone fish the Root this time of year and is there anything in there?


There are "trout streams" nearby that I could check out instead and if I'm gonna have a slow day would rather it be on a stream than in an urban environment.


If you are of a mind, just a few minutes north is a much better situation.

Let me know, I'll put you in some neat spots were there are some nice fish.
Sort of out of the way, Not heavy pressure, but a few fish.

Another poster here and myself have done pretty well in those spots.

The Root will begin to get crowded quickly.
It's a pretty interesting crowd.

You can catch Steelhead and Brown's on spinners or streamer flies.
Egg sucking leeches work pretty darn good.

This weather should get things going in the next couple weeks.

We will be on 1 or 2 spots next week, I'll share my observations.

Stan b
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
Gurth  
#6 Posted : Friday, February 16, 2018 1:17:02 PM(UTC)
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Thanks all.

Won't be going for at least another week or two.

I don't mind if there isn't a run - just don't want to be casting at empty water.


Stan - may take you up on that but my window will be short - or at least shorter than I'd like it to be - so additional drive time will hurt.


In other news... opted against getting a canoe this spring and am now looking at smaller (16ft) fishing boats.

Really intrigued with trying the harbor behind the breakers in late spring. Saw a fishing show a couple months ago where that Gillespi guy was out there catching lakers and browns.

Could kayak it, but 38 degree water frightens me. Even with a life jacket.

Plus... if by some dumb luck I hooked into a pig, he could tow me to Muskegon in a kayak.

Or just pull me under like the barrels in JAWS. Laugh


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