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oh Lord, I’m stuck in Lodi Again…   7 comments

Here are some shots of my outing to Lodi Spring Creek recently. I had a great time and caught about a dozen fish. That is a beautiful little creek full of springs. Go check it out sometime.

 

That's one ugly Brown Trout!

That's one ugly Brown Trout!

 

A Pretty little Rainbow

A Pretty little Rainbow

 

Oh, so that's what a Brown Trout is supposed to look like...

Oh, so that's what a Brown Trout is supposed to look like...

 

Some dry fly success was had!

Some dry fly success was had!

 

I love how these fish slam dry bugs!

I love how these fish slam dry bugs!

 

Just a baby.

Just a baby.

 

My "Happy-but-Cool" face.

My "Happy-but-Cool" face.

 

Exhibit A - Tom not at work, as recorded by Tom's own foot.

Exhibit A - Tom not at work, as recorded by Tom's own foot.

 

Fishing for Trout is Fun   4 comments

 

Tying on a new rig at Lodi Spring Creek

Tying on a new rig at Lodi Spring Creek

 
 
Tying one on at Lodi Spring Creek

Tying one on at Lodi Spring Creek

 

 

Opening Day With My Son   1 comment

My 8-year-old son Bode had been asking for a few weeks when fishing season would be starting. He’s been anxious to get out and catch some fish. He wanted to go to Lake Wingra nearby, but the bite there has been slow in starting up, due to the cool spring we’ve had (I think). I talked him into heading to a trout creek instead. I’m glad I did!

Into the truck we went, and Stephen drove us up to Lodi Spring Creek. We fished a section west of town and found some very productive areas. Stephen fished with wooly buggers on his fly rod and had some good success, finding a nice spot where 4 fish were caught and released, and several more that charged his fly but didn’t take.

Bode and I worked downstream from Stephen and found a couple of nice holes for him to toss a #9 silver Panther Martin in. At first he got lots of  “bumps” on the lure but no hookups. But after a dozen casts he pulled out a nice 12″ rainbow. We were both jazzed about it!

Bode with his first fish of 2011, a 12" Rainbow

Bode with his first fish of 2011, a 12" Rainbow

 

Bode caught another fish too, a 10″ Brown Trout. Both were taken home at Bode’s request and fried in butter with garlic and herbes de Provence. We both enjoyed our first trout dinner of the season.

Next week we’ll put our rowboat in at the marina in Lake Wingra and it’ll be panfish mayhem, but with this successful trout stream outing under his belt, I’m hoping Bode will join me often on forays into the Driftless, to take in the beauty of the land and the adventure of fishing my favorite creeks.

Lodi Spring Creek (again)   Leave a comment

Stephen and I went back to Lodi to try our hand at the creek there, but this time without the kids.

Lodi Spring Creek Brown Trout

Lodi Spring Creek Brown Trout

The time was about 8:30am and the weather looked promising, with clouds and a little rain. But by the time we hit the creek the sun was poking through, chasing away the clouds. The temperature was in the 70’s before long. Our hopes for a big morning were fading.

Lodi Spring Creek

Lodi Spring Creek

Even so, we caught about 8-10 fish, all Browns, in a couple of hours. The largest was about twelve inches.
Spring Creek Brown

Spring Creek Brown

Stephen with a Spring Creek Brown

Stephen with a Spring Creek Brown

Tom with a Spring Creek Brown

Tom with a Spring Creek Brown

The fish of the day from Spring Creek

The fish of the day from Spring Creek

Posted September 24, 2010 by troutseeker in Lodi Spring Creek

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Lodi Spring Creek   4 comments

On Saturday Stephen Rose and I went up to Lodi to check out the Spring Creek that runs through town. The creek starts in the Lodi Marsh and terminates in Lake Wisconsin. While doing some “Blue-Lining” looking for streams close to home it became apparent that this was one we had overlooked.

Our experience Saturday was 3 fish in 15 minutes, along with sightings of lots and lots more trout and some really great water for trout to live in. Much of the creek, where it runs through town, is fast-moving and turbulent, running over small rapids and falls into plunge pools. It was clear this would be a place to revisit when we had more time.

Yesterday Stephen took his older son back to Lodi to give it a shot. They waded upstream from one end of town to the other and had lots of success. The biggest fish landed was twenty inches!

Stephen gave me a call around noon on his way home and told me about their experience. I’d been looking for something to do with my two oldest boys (eight and five) so I convinced them to take a trip to Lodi.

Bode fishing Lodi Spring Creek

Bode fishing Lodi Spring Creek

We started out at the confluence of Spring Creek and Bohlman Branch where there is a really nice pool. But, no luck. I thought this might be a repeat of the last trout fishing outing Bode and I had taken, in which we were skunked. I talked them into a little more fishing, and we drove upstream to Veteran’s Park. Downstream just a hair is a foot bridge over the creek.

Sawyer on the foot bridge over Lodi Spring Creek

Sawyer on the foot bridge over Lodi Spring Creek

We put in below the bridge and Bode hooked a chub. He didn’t really care that it wasn’t a trout, he was just happy to have caught a fish out of a stream.

Bode with his first creek fish

Bode with his first creek fish

I did some fishing and had a  trout on. I handed the rod to Bode to reel it in.

Bode with his first Trout

Bode with his first Trout

Sawyer kept himself entertained by throwing walnuts into the creek, much to the dismay of Bode who was concerned that they would scare away the fish.

Bode working the creek

Bode working the creek

We worked our way downstream and ended up behind the Police Station. There were some three-foot holes along this stretch of the creek. Bode waited for a hit. We got two more trout on!

Another Lodi Brown Trout

Another Lodi Brown Trout

We finally headed back up to Veteran’s Park and tried the deep plunge pool there some more. I got one on the hook for Sawyer to reel in. I handed him the rod and he started cranking away at it but the fish shook the hook. Sawyer didn’t seem too upset.

The last fish of the day was this twelve inch beauty that Bode brought in.

Bode with a twelve-inch Lodi Spring Creek Brown

Bode with a twelve-inch Lodi Spring Creek Brown

We’ll be back to try above and below town to see what else this creek has to offer. The scenery upstream from Lodi is very pretty, with lots of rolling hills and marsh habitat. There are sure to be Brookies waiting there. And downstream perhaps we’ll find a large Brown in the bigger water toward Lake Wisconsin.

Go up to Lodi and check out this great piece of water. Stop in and have lunch at one of the restaurants. Perhaps an increased presence of fishermen will invite more habitat improvement work above and below the town for even better fishing just 30 minutes from downtown Madison.

Posted September 20, 2010 by troutseeker in Kids, Lodi Spring Creek

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