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Our house guests went home early, so I might be there. When I fished there 15-20 years ago it never seemed any more windy than other places in this area.  when I was up there last year I found no fish and found that they expect payment for park use which I understand  includes the stream. I've been meaning to ask MDC about that.  That creek is totally different after some floods, or maybe as a result of the new bridge .

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9 minutes ago, tjm said:

Our house guests went home early, so I might be there. When I fished there 15-20 years ago it never seemed any more windy than other places in this area.  when I was up there last year I found no fish and found that they expect payment for park use which I understand  includes the stream. I've been meaning to ask MDC about that.  That creek is totally different after some floods, or maybe as a result of the new bridge .

            It does not include the stream. You can park off site and go into the park for nothing. I talked to the owner across the road. He provides a place to park on his side and just asks to not tear it up and keep the parking area clean. He also says the new bridge as made the flooding worse than normal. 

   BilletHead

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yeah, that guy made it clear that we were legally only allowed access on the stream by boat or by his permission,  he tried to convince me that we can not legally wade or fish from the bank at all without his permission.  Or the park's. Except on the part MDC owns.  I didn't argue it, just left.  One of the reasons I quit going up there years ago was the guy in the big house on the hill, l think he owned the pond and the mill at one time.

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Ha! so I see you met Mr. Haskens?! Look, the mill park is a non-profit thing and the parking fee is for maintenance and upkeep. On a side note, the bathrooms are very nice and heated in the winter time. I personally don't pay to play there, but have in the past. I have parked just about everywhere there is down there and never had any problems except once. Now Haskins and I are alright. He even let's Buzz and I park on his property to fish if we want. Some old fashion talking with a land owner will do that for you. 😉  The flooding got worse when they built up the wall in front of the mill itself. It used to not be like 4' tall on that observation deck. New bridge didn't really do that before. On his place the MDC has provided a barb darn to try and reclaim his land from flooding as well. He sold them some acres and now they control that. It is kind of a weird arrangement. If you are coming tomorrow look for either mine or Buzz's truck. He has personalized plates and I drive a white Ranger. We will meet at the lower bridge since the upper lot won't be open until later in the morning. See you at 9:00!!

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My. my. my. sad day indeed, I wish I could report a great report, but I can't. Fish were there in one hole where they stocked but we couldn't buy a bite at all. I mean they were everywhere jumping and cruising on top of the water, also going in a pack like new stocked fish. Four of us throwing everything we had and no one landed or even had one on. I got 2 short strikes and saw the one circle a couple of times, but that was it for me. Buzz sort of kind of won today. He caught a small brown on a jerk bait technically on Shoal creek but I will let him win . He would cry if I didn't. lol 🤣 No, it was really tough and since he really only caught the only trout of the day I give him credit. Oh yeah, the wind and weather sucked big time!!!! Another one in the books. Some are just better than others. Next year !!

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I have a couple of photos I'll post this evening.

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