After seeing the walleye and other action that Bobby had last night, I couldn’t resist going to give it a shot myself. I figured I would get there early because the bluebird day would shut the bite off early. Having never been there, finding the sweet spot too a bit. As it turned out, I didn’t successfully land any fish there but I had a little action.
Learning to differentiate the difference between a rough bottom and current compared to a bite took a bit. I had a few instances where I thought I had a bite but wasn’t positive. Pulling my jig from the water my worm would be gone leaving me to believe that It was a fish. It wasn’t until I had my rod double over that I knew there was a fish on! I caught the fish in slack water. As I brought it slowly in, I fought the fish gingerly as it worked in and out of the current. About half way in the fish rose to the surface, revealing that it was a walleye, and started to roll. I tried to work my way towards slack water with the fish but it was able to make its way back into the current and shake loose.
With the next few hours warming and fishless, I packed it up and went to check some other water for bluegill and pumpkinseed. After checking a few spots and feeling the water, I realized that it was still too cold for the intended species to be in the area. My last resort was to go try to pluck some brook trout from some small mountain streams.
I went high thinking that the water flows would be lower and less murky. I was spot on with the clarity of the water but it was still plenty high. I worked a jig head rather than sinkers thinking that I would be able to get my bait lower in the water column to where the fish were. After missing a few fish, I put on snelled hook with a worm and started casting to any slack water that I could find. This method proved to be effective. The fish were rising to the surface so having my bait on the surface worked well. I was able to catch 6 small brookies before having to head home for work.
Even though the fish weren’t flowing right to my hook, a day of fishing is always great!
A Friday off from work means a day of fishing. Being that I didn’t feel like heading to camp for bass fishing, I went to fish for trout and panfish. I fished a tributary to the Connecticut River for trout and in the Connecticut River for panfish. The day was hot but not too humid so the fishing was enjoyable. Check out Trout And Panfish on our YouTube page.
I first stopped off to fish a cold water trout stream high up near the headwaters. As I approached the stretch that I desired to fish, I saw a pool that looked like it was just stocked. The best part is that this stream hasn’t been stocked with trout for years. The big pool at the confluence of two smaller brooks was deep and clear and I could count well over 15 adult fish.
As I made my first cast, one of the larger brookies came up and smashed a fly only feet from me. I knew it was going to be good! I caught 11 trout and lost double that before calling it quits and heading to fish for panfish. The fishing for me was frustrating because I had forgot my brook fishing tackle. I had no weight on my line so I was not able to get down into the depths of the pool where the fish were holding. My best option, which worked decent was to fish a small 1/16 ounce panfish jig right on the bottom. I caught several fish using this method and was satisfied.
With a decent morning of fishing for trout, I was disappointed on the main Connecticut River when I was chasing panfish. Although I caught some rockbass and bluegill, the bite was slow. I worked hard for the two dozen fish I caught and none were that large. Dark colors were the best as the water was clear and high.
I found that the fish were holding very tight to structure or right on the bottom. I started off like I usually would by suspending a jig around 18″ below a pencil bobber. I caught no fish in the main channel at first but as I started to work close to the shore, I started to find fish as well as a large number of snags in the fallen brush. After losing more jigs than the number of fish I caught, I decided to switch up my thought process. I dropped my jig down to a little over 3 feet knowing how deep the water was from past trips. I found that the fish were holding in the deepest water available in the section of slack water. As I worked my presentation through the water column I started catching better fish but nothing with great size. I fished till about noon before heading home to get ready for work in the evening.
After work today I stopped off at some waters that I frequently drive by while working. I figured it was about time that I gave them a shot as they look good!
The smaller mountain streams in this area were hit hard by hurricane Irene about a year ago and have been slow to recover since. Usually flooding evens of any scale will create habitat in streams but this year we have had none. The streams I chose to fish are composed mostly of bedrock and large boulders so there was still decent pool habitat available for the adult trout.
Although I didn’t catch great numbers, the fish that I aught were better sized. The fish were active and the water was very cold. I am glad that I wore mud boots! Being as dry as it has been this summer, I was surprised to see that the water levels weren’t that low.
This was my best fish from the day and the sad part was that I caught the smaller of the two! Check out New Trout Waters on our YouTube page. You can see the pair of fish swimming in together as I reel it in (along with some other catches).
Can you spot the trout?
On my drive to camp for the week, I decided to hit a few well known spots along the way. The water is still low so the currents were slower than normal but the fish are just as active as ever!
The spots I was fishing were along main roads and are fishable by even a rookie fly fisherman but I was equipped with spinning gear. I was on my way to take my younger cousins out fishing for perch and pumpkinseed. I try to use barbless hooks, especially if fishing spinners. I don’t plan on keeping any of these fish so time and ease of hook removal is of the essence when releasing them.
Because of the shallow water, I left my spinners in the truck and fished with a tiny split shot, snelled hook, and worm. The fish were aggressive and tucked into every pocket imaginable. As usual, the bigger fish were in the tail waters of the bigger pools where they were offered very good camouflage against the mottled bed rock bottom and best pickings at food.
I caught a decent number of fish before I knew I had to leave as I knew my cousins would be growing restless waiting on me. Check out Community Hole Natives on our YouTube page for some footage from the day.
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!