Today was almost certainly the last trip of the regular season for me.
I waited until it got above freezing this morning, then jumped into Soules Creek north of Wautoma. It felt cold because of the wind, but fortunately once I was in the river the banks and brush acted as a windbreak.
In parts, this creek is very narrow and sometimes deep, but it levels out every once in a while to twelve or even twenty feet wide. The water was clear, and I saw the whole process under the surface for almost every fish I caught. The biggest one hit the lure once and circled away, but I gave it a little extra wiggle and he came back and chomped down good. Another in a deeper pool chased the lure on two casts before I landed him on the third.
I caught a total of seven brown trout and enjoyed the fall scenery in its mosquito free state.
The only sad part of the day was driving by the “Closed for the Season” sign at Milty Wilty on the way home.