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I went to Gays Mills today to try for pike below the dam there.

I parked within a 20 second walk to the benches on the left in the photo above. The snow was virgin and had not a foot print in it.

My wife, Barb, accompanied me to the benches. She walked in front of me in case my knee went out so I wouldn't be swimming. Five casts in I had to sit down because my back was tired.

I sat on the back rail of the bench and scanned the water for the carp that typically school there. I thought I might see a pike hanging out on the edges of the carp.

No carp were to be seen.

I left my bench and sent out four more casts. I was going to walk up towards the building and cast from there a couple times. I turned in the snow to walk upstream and the snow depth caused my left knee to not turn freely and I was done.

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My left knee felt like a hot needle was jabbed into the knee.

I need to stay patient and the streams will return.

Maybe not this year, but next I hope.

Read more from Len Harris.

Len Harris blogs from the "Heart" of Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Len's passion is small stream trout fishing with every legal means possible. When trout season is closed he writes and takes photos. He even dabbles in a little cooking. Read more of Lenís writing on his blog at http://lenharris.blogspot.com/.

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