6-5-12 – Small Water Brookies

I got out fishing for some small water brook trout in the green mountains for a couple of hours. A few years ago, I was fishing this brook and catching very nice fish for the size of the water. Unfortunately, some people caught on to its quality and pounded it for a few days mid summer. The last two years I didn’t have much luck with size but the numbers have always good.

Due to time constraints, we fished faster than I’d like and just a short stretch but we managed to catch close to 50 trout. The biggest was only 9″ but that is an increase from last summer. Check out the GoPro video on our YouTube Page.

The trick to fishing these small waters is not to overlook any spots that might potentially hold a fish. Most people I know like to fish bigger pools as they tend to be easy to fish and hold the largest specimens. In general, these small brooks have the potential to hold a fish in every hole that offers some protection and especially if the water is deeper. I will drop my bait in just about every spot possible. Brook trout feed aggressively, especially in these small streams, so most times if there is a fish near the bite will be quick.

We fished worms for the entire trip. I like using spinners but treble hooks don’t always work well with their small mouths. I never seem to remember my fly rod either… Maybe next time!

Here’s a few pics from the trip.

At the upper end of the stretch we fished there is a nice bedrock slide. It’s a bit steeper and longer than it looks in this picture. Not to mention slippery!

I even got to end the day with a few bass!

11 thoughts on “6-5-12 – Small Water Brookies”

  1. The tiniest brookie still puts up a good fight. Do you ever find they take the hook too deep when you use worms? I used to live near a river where I had to avoid using worms or I’d end up taking a lot of fish home. I’d rather let them go and play with them next time 🙂 Beautiful pics.

    1. I have hooked a few deep in the past but I try to always be moving my bait in order to detect my bites early to prevent them swallowing it. I have also used barbless hooks for quite some time for trout so that I can almost always release my fish. If I do have a fish that is mortally hooked I have no problem keeping a few for the table.

  2. I used to fish a lot of small streams like that in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It amazed me the size of the trout I could catch in a stream just a couple of feet wide and a foot deep. I do miss the brookies.

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