Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Root River Fishing Report for December 21, 2009

Water and flow conditions

Water levels are at normal levels and water clarity is excellent. There remains a good population of both brown trout as well as steelhead throughout the river.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR] in Wisconsin. Just click on the river that you want to see.

Fishing Report

With the cooler weather and overcast conditions this weekend the fish were consistently holding in the deeper holes. This has made them tougher to catch for those fishing with fly gear as the drifts are extremely short in the slower water. Those willing to put forth the effort required are having some luck. Smaller flies have been most productive. Black or olive whooley buggers or worms (in smaller sizes) as well as small egg imitation flies have been taking fish. For those drifting spawn sacs the fishing has been much more consistent. With the fish holding in the deeper holes, drifting the sac under a float will allow one to cover the deep pools much more effectively. Action has been best in the mid-afternoon, but mornings have also produced fairly well.

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