So.... I know where a big one is. I took my neighbors two kids and my son fishing today. I merely mentioned I might go on Friday afternoon and sure enough they knocked on the door at 9am. Earlier than I was planning on doing anything on Mothers Day. My wife was okay with it so out the door we go. We get to a pool, no one else around when on Thursday the cars were double parked far up the street. I see a few trout in the pool and so we set up the kids with bobbers and push button rods and bait. I have my hands full with dink trout. Rigged the fly rod and get a few minutes on my own in a riffle. That lasted two seconds because I was catching fish and they had to join in. no problem. Back to the other rods where I noticed a few large suckers in the pool. Good size 20 plus inches too. Then I see another fish which I'm not sure about. THen there's the long red stripe. This fish is enormous. Somehow it survived the power bait bombing. I'd estimate conservatively at 24 inches, maybe more. It didn't hit while we were there so we'll see what tomorrow before work draws out. There's a large white mayfly hatching in the evenings right now, maybe that will be the trick. Maybe I'l take Ryan before school. A kid deserves to catch this fish.
Catoctin Creek, MD, mid summer, low water, 5wt, wet sneakers, buggers, poppers, nymphs.... awesome smallmouth fishing. I need to work more than a few hundred yards this summer though and have never seen the mouth. Is it deep and slow down there? Riffles, boulders? Fun little stream. Haven't fished the delayed harvest water yet this year for trout, meant to though. Last year there were quite a few of those deformed fish from Shepherdstown hatchery, the steroid freaks with no face, all body, giant mutant fish. Rainbows but more like coconuts. Anyway, nice long riffles in the Delayed harvest water and some good recent stream restoration on Littlle Catoctin in the special reg area there. Howver, a recent storm had blow much of the cocunut fiber out and I'm sure most of the stream rest. is long gone now.
Wow 24"... Must be a holdover. I dont need to know the name and location of that stream, but it must stay cool enough even in summer and with all the dinner seekers out there. Amazing! Now go catch that thing.
It's not a hold over. MD DNR has beenstocking a few very large trout at all their stocking locations this year andlast. These fish are 5 to 10 pounds, it's just that there are very few of them.I found the one for this stream and he's eluded me three times now. This highwater will probably push him around too. Ideally I was going to catch him andmove him from the easy to get to spot. With a little luck he'd survive a littlelonger. But I fear someone caught him on Sunday afternoon as there were newfork sticks in the prime lie.