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rschmidt  
#511 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2019 5:06:41 AM(UTC)
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#512 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2019 5:20:44 AM(UTC)
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Nice Fish! ThumpUp What was on the fish near the tail?
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#513 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2019 10:22:59 AM(UTC)
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An injury, I suspect a bold heron bite. It was thru and thru! Angry Birds!!

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#514 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2019 8:01:08 PM(UTC)
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What is the best way to post pics on here I've had trouble before. Thanks in advance!
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#515 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2019 8:42:14 PM(UTC)
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What is the best way to post pics on here I've had trouble before. Thanks in advance!


I use IMGUR, make a free account and upload photos, then you can right click the pictures and get their BB code or whatever code it says works for forum and then paste the code on here and volia, Trout!
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#516 Posted : Sunday, June 16, 2019 1:40:09 AM(UTC)
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Got out for a few hours today. Brook trout would bump my spinner all day long but only 1/4 of them would get hooked. Lots and lots of small trout but did get a couple decent ones. Great scenery too.

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Gurth  
#517 Posted : Friday, August 2, 2019 6:57:33 PM(UTC)
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Have been eyeballing a culvert pool below a flood mitigating dam for a few years now.

These pools can be hit or miss – about 2/3s of the times I stop at them I get shut out or just a dink or two. These are obviously highly pressured and either the big ones get smart or get taken home. On occasion though, you can get a big one to bite.

Got my first 20+ out of one of these a couple of years ago and several 18-19s over the years.

The thing that kept me from hitting this particular pool sooner was that it lies on private land and there is barbed wire fencing across the stream at the bridge entry and signs and all that.

In addition, it's a small winding stream through brush up to the pool. The dam is only a couple hundred yards from the road, but the trek up the stream is likely at least double that and too small and skinny to be fishable. It's culvert pool or bust.

I know my rights but also knew that keeping my boots wet would make the trek a chore.

Finally decided to do it yesterday.

It was worse than I envisioned and I actually had to crawl in the stream in a couple of spots to get below the woody brush and had to exit the stream twice coz it was impassable.

Should have taken photos of the journey.

There were hundreds of trout on the way up – all 2 – 8 inches. This made me quite excited for the potential of a giant trout or two in the pool and clearly, I was the first person to make the trek since things greened up. Or maybe ever. Laugh

These would be lightly pressured fish and likely dumb.

Finally got to the pool…

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And it was full of fish!

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Sucker!

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I laughed.

Mostly at myself.

And fished it a bit hoping for maybe a big bass and caught 3 suckers and that gill and crossed another potential spot off the list.

Maybe there could be trout there in the early spring but I'll never know coz I'm not making that trek again.

Hindsight tells me I'm an idiot as there is a pond above this particular dam and the outflow is obviously warm water.

I probably still would have checked it out at some point just coz though.

My buddy has been mentioning this spot too as he found it on sat just like I did. Should have let him beat me to it. Laugh




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weiliwen  
#518 Posted : Friday, August 2, 2019 8:54:24 PM(UTC)
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Once when I drove up to a much more accessible such pool, I saw trout trying to jump the 6 feet or more to the culvert to go upstream. One out of 10 would actually make it, pretty impressive. During the early season, I'll always stop there and toss a streamer across the pool; it's usually good for a couple larger trout, but I never catch more than 2 before it shuts down.

Is it just the light in the pic, or is that bluegill very light colored?

Edited by user Friday, August 2, 2019 8:55:28 PM(UTC)  | Reason: additional question

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Gurth  
#519 Posted : Friday, August 2, 2019 10:39:26 PM(UTC)
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The gill was lighter than some, but the sun is shining through it also.

I've seen trout jump into and swim up those culverts.
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Pete  
#520 Posted : Saturday, August 3, 2019 12:08:58 AM(UTC)
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If you don’t have occasional-or even more than occasional-days like that, you’d be doing something wrong. Bushwhacking and exploring don’t always pay off, but when they do, it makes all the busts worthwhile. Striking out sometimes is the price we have to pay.

Looks as if it was still an interesting day.
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