October 9, 2019

DSCF1847Today was a beautiful “bluebird day”.  Cool start, cloudless sky and picture perfect sunset.

Offshore winds pushed water and steelhead close to shore. AM and late PM hours produced a few fish at Walnut Creek channel and lower Elk Creek. Lures caught most, if not all, of the steelhead. A rough lake kept Trout Run off-limits today.

Upstream fishing is for trapped steelhead that have forced their way up to holes north of Route 5. About seven anglers were at the Manchester Hole trying to tease the fish there into biting.

I saw one car above and one below the tubes on Elk Creek. Ten cars were in the Elk Creek parking and 20 cars at the Walnut Creek Marina/Channel.

You can see from the image above that a person, younger than me, could easily jump across the mouth of Elk Creek. Even with this narrow, shallow trick of water entering the lake, a few fish are climbing that riffle.  The angler pictured said he saw a fish “run” past him.

Upstream from the mouth to the launch, lower Elk Creek looks like a long, skinny pay-lake.  There is just enough flow to keep the water color a decent green color – that is as long as everyone stays on the bank and out the muck.

Tomorrow will be a repeat.