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shebs  
#1 Posted : Saturday, May 9, 2015 7:29:55 PM(UTC)
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Decided to get out for a few hours today to do a little fishing and some morel hunting. Wandered around in the woods near one of my favorite (public land) streams, but I don't really know what I'm doing BigGrin so I failed to find any morels. But it was a great day to be out, and I did manage to catch a couple of nice fish. Water levels seemed to be up a bit from the frighteningly low levels in April, and the recent rains added a nice stain to the water ThumpUp

Got the skunk off fairly quickly after this 16 incher came out from under a submerged log to slam my panther martin:
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Continued fishing with only a couple of follows for the next 4 hours. The fish seemed to be keyed in on some kind of hatch, as there were swarms of tiny bugs all over the water. Saw quite a few fish sitting in the runs munching on emergers, I assume, but very few rises. A lot of fish completely ignored my spinners without so much as flinching (or spooking) despite multiple passes. Not sure what they were eating, but the smaller fish wanted nothing to do with what I was throwing. Seemed like only the big boys had any interest in bigger quarry, as most of my follows were 14-16+ range fish.
Then I came to this glorious pool, where the stream splits around an island and comes down a riffle to dig out a nice deep pool next to the rock wall:
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Managed to pull a nice fish with a bit of kype out of there. Taped just a hair shy of 18.

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That will have to hold me over til next weekend, when I'll be headed down to Lanesboro so my girlfriend can jam out at the Bovee&Heil Bluff Country Gathering and I get to do some more fishing Woot

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trippytrouter  
#2 Posted : Saturday, May 9, 2015 9:08:32 PM(UTC)
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I love that river...and that pool
That rock has headshakes!
shebs  
#3 Posted : Saturday, May 9, 2015 9:16:00 PM(UTC)
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trippytrouter wrote:
I love that river...and that pool


It's a great stream, for sure. Lower numbers, but bigger average size. Saw a lot of fry in the shallow flats today, and they're getting big enough that you can see the spots and clearly tell that they are trout. Last fall's spawn was successful ThumpUp
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Modern Translation, with respect for the Notorious B.I.G. : "Fuck Money, Get Fishes"
DanE  
#4 Posted : Sunday, May 10, 2015 7:39:56 AM(UTC)
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Nice report and great pix! If you show me that spot at Troutstock, I promise to keep it a secret. Wink

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shebs  
#5 Posted : Sunday, May 10, 2015 8:53:20 AM(UTC)
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DanE wrote:
Nice report and great pix! If you show me that spot at Troutfest, I promise to keep it a secret. Wink


It's a pretty poorly kept secret LOL but you'll need an MN license
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kinni  
#6 Posted : Sunday, May 10, 2015 6:49:29 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the great report. Congrats on some nice looking fish!
EddieRivard  
#7 Posted : Sunday, May 10, 2015 8:15:15 PM(UTC)
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Shebs, The trout you caught that was just shy of 18" was the same trout I caught back at the end of January. Back then he was only sixteen inches. I knew I recognized that son of a gun. He has been eating well! ThumpUp


Here are the photos side by side.
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shebs  
#8 Posted : Sunday, May 10, 2015 8:59:52 PM(UTC)
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EddieRivard wrote:
Shebs, The trout you caught that was just shy of 18" was the same trout I caught back at the end of January. Back then he was only sixteen inches. I knew I recognized that son of a gun. He has been eating well! ThumpUp


Whoa! Woot I think you're right! The double spot behind the gill plate looks like a match. Was it from that same hole in my photo? I'd be willing to guess a big male wouldn't leave such a prime spot.
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EddieRivard  
#9 Posted : Sunday, May 10, 2015 9:10:22 PM(UTC)
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shebs wrote:
EddieRivard wrote:
Shebs, The trout you caught that was just shy of 18" was the same trout I caught back at the end of January. Back then he was only sixteen inches. I knew I recognized that son of a gun. He has been eating well! ThumpUp


Whoa! Woot I think you're right! The double spot behind the gill plate looks like a match. Was it from that same hole in my photo? I'd be willing to guess a big male wouldn't leave such a prime spot.


Yeah same exact spot pretty much. I am going to have to cut you off if you keep harassing my trout.
donjuan  
#10 Posted : Monday, May 11, 2015 8:00:30 PM(UTC)
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Really pretty fish and VERY COOL on matching the photos. Catch and release in action!
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