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Continued Success on Black Earth Creek   7 comments

I’ve been counting myself lucky lately on my brief trips to Black Earth Creek. Fishing for an hour on one of the most heavily-fished trout streams in the Midwest and catching 3-4 fish in that brief period seems to me a pretty good rate of success. That sort of success has been happening more often lately. My skunk rate has dropped significantly.

 

The nicest of the three Browns I caught yesterday during an hour on Black Earth Creek

The nicest of the three Browns I caught yesterday during an hour on Black Earth Creek

 

What have I done differently? Absolutely nothing, at least in my approach on the water. One thing I have been keeping an eye on, though, are the stream temp trends. I’ve been trying to hit the water when the temps are climbing from 58F to 64F. I’ve certainly seen more activity on the water when I visit under these stream temp conditions.

Anyway, having limited fishing time available, I’ve tried to zero in on as many advantageous factors as possible. It does seem to make a difference. I’m looking forward to fishing further into summer when ideal stream temps coincide with sunrise and sunset. I believe the big fish tend to be on the hunt moreso during those times of day than they are when the sun is up high.