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#1 Posted : Friday, May 23, 2014 11:50:52 AM(UTC)
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I fished yesterday in Waukesha and Walworth counties. Not much good to report: water seemed very low for this time of year and very few fish seen as compared with last year at this time. I suppose they could have all been buried deep in the LUNKER structures due to the bright sun, but I didn't even see that many fish spook when I walked downstream. I've asked the local biologist for his take on it. The fish survived the heat wave of 2012 just fine, but maybe last summer's drought bothered them or the brutal winter did some damage. I did get one nice brown on a hopper in the mid afternoon (in a somewhat shaded section of stream). I stuck around until after dark throwing a mouse pattern far downstream in the hope of tangling with a bruiser. No luck. The local shiner population was feeding heavily in the open, which to me means that they're not afraid of being eaten, which could mean not as many big browns around as in years past. Finding fish is going to mean longer trips.
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