I got my spring fix in fellas. All that is left in the river is dropbacks and spawners. When I start seeing fish on redds, I let them do their thing and let the fly guys get a shot at them. The fishing from two weeks ago to now is like day and night. when you go from 10-15 fish hook ups down to 2-3 fish hook ups in a day, not worth the outing for me.
My question, where are all our returns of fish?!? According to the DNR website, 175 steelhead have been captured at the weir on April 7, 2014. So with roughly 80,000 steelhead stocked in the Root river (annually), you only get 175 fish for a return?! Jesus, Wisconsin might want consider a new program! Either that, or the WDNR might want to start processing and collecting fish in March when they ACTUALLY start to run. We do not get a spring run like Indy or Michigan. Simply our rivers, sewers, and ditches get warm too quick.
When I was a young lad, the steelhead season lasted a little longer than the first week into April, since stocking numbers are nothing what they use to be, and returns are diminished to roughly nothing, maybe its time for the DNR to figure out a new game plan to restore a river that once use to be a top 10 steelhead river to fish in the great lakes.
Personally, I look at Indiana and they have already had over 1,000 steelhead passed thru their weir system this spring alone, and their steelhead run is still not done, I wont even mention the phenomenal coho fishing that is taking place right now if steelhead aren't your thing. Look, Trail creek is no bigger than the root river and they receive over 120,000 steelhead plantings. Amazing how Indiana's program thrives and they are seeing a benefit of stocking and returns from the stocking. Only 2.5 hours north of trail creek, different DNR management, different stocking program, and these are the results! C'mon on guys...you tell me who has the better program for steelhead?! It's a no brainer for me!