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Gurth  
#551 Posted : Tuesday, September 10, 2019 4:40:56 PM(UTC)
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Another trifecta!

But did you get a walleye?

Flapper


Nice brown btw.

Wish I could take my dogs but it would be a complete shitshow with both of them along and if I took just one, the other would hold a grudge and never forgive.
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William Schlafer  
#552 Posted : Tuesday, September 10, 2019 5:49:29 PM(UTC)
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That's interesting! I didn't think Walleye were found in Trout waters. Was this a stream near a larger river or lake?

Pretty cool slam to add to the resume.


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Gurth  
#553 Posted : Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:16:49 PM(UTC)
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Was not expecting a walleye, that's for sure but it's a tongue-in-cheek "slam." Laugh


After the walleye, thought there was no chance for a brookie but that was the next fish I caught. The brown was the last of the 4 species. Go figure.

Happy to get the trifecta on my third try this year on that stream.


Now to get a tri on a stream where all 3 naturally reproduce. THAT would be cool.

I have one in mind...
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rschmidt  
#554 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:42:39 AM(UTC)
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Nice Gurth! R
rschmidt  
#555 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:51:40 AM(UTC)
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I have had some pretty amazing fishing the past couple months!

Shebs and I ran into a few quality brookies last week.
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This colored gem was the fish of that day!

I found a couple quality 14.5 and 15"ers.
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On Sunday, after nearly 8 years, I finally hit one of the brooders that are present in one of my favorite streams!

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A hair under 17" and pushing 3#. Beat up, missing a pectoral fin and yes, a stocker. I have an asterisk next to this PB in the record books. No steroids but by far the largest brookie I have ever had to hand!

I saw a second one of these, but he was too fat to catch a spinner!!

This outing revealed about 50 fish with many 13 14 and 15s too. Only 4 browns in a stream that can be brown dominated.

Since the 4th of July, fishing has been lights out in the NW Driftless!!!

Happy Fishing!!!

R

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mmalyuk  
#556 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:46:12 PM(UTC)
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Sure was nice of that guy to give you a ride back to your car! 😃
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Pete  
#557 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:58:16 PM(UTC)
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I didn't think it was possible for brook trout to be ugly, but I stand corrected: that stocker won't win any beauty contests. But that one in the first image, with the orange belly? That looks like a trout stamp painting. It's a flawless fish.
Gurth  
#558 Posted : Wednesday, September 18, 2019 3:40:38 PM(UTC)
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Had an itch that I've been wanting to scratch and took care of it Sunday AM.

A beaver dam has backed up a (very… overly…) popular stream in it's upper reaches and it's been there for a couple of seasons now.

The pool with the beaver lodge on it looks like this…


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There are supposed to be brookies in this stream although I have yet to ever catch one that I can recall.

The dams are not being removed despite their sensitive location because…


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Anyway... have been eyeballing these pools for a bit now and wondering if they might hold some decent brookies as I've found nice ones in other beaver ponds over the years.

Worked my way up to the dam pools from the bridge access and caught a couple of browns along the way and saw several others. All marginal to small in size.


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No brookies.


Got another marginal brown in the first dam pool which amounted to a long trench.

I fished this stretch a couple of times back before the dams and it was interesting to see some of the old spots now under 2-3 feet of water.

The upper 100 yard dam pool was much wider with a trench that was maybe 3 feet deep and shallower flats to one side and a high bank to the other. Was a mucky slog, but I love trying areas where I have to improvise not only my approach on the fish, but also my path.

In addition, I often feel like these places have the potential to hold a freak (big) trout.

Caught 3 or 4 average to small browns and saw a few others.

Also saw a number of smaller 1.5 inch fish in the shallower waters, but couldn't tell what they were - definitely not sculpin though - either small trout or minnows/dace.


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No brookies.

No freak.


Water temp is unlikely to be an issue as there are a number of springs in this little stretch including a massive one just a hundred yards up from the lodge.

In addition, the old trope of browns driving brookies into oblivion seems unlikely as there weren't all that many browns around and a couple of neighboring streams have very solid populations of both species that are completely intermingled.

Above the springs area, the water gets very marginal and low flow and I've fished that area in years past and found nothing but sporadic browns. It's certainly possible that the brookies moved up that way, but seems unlikely to me.

I just don't think that this stream has held many brookies, at least in the past several years.

Not sure what the study will end up revealing. Maybe those fry are brook trout, but with no adults around that I could see or catch... seems unlikely.

Checking the stocking database, no brookies have been placed there in well over a decade.


Anyway… like I said… have been wanting to see what might be in these beaver ponds and can cross that spot off the list. Glad I had a go at it.

Never know till you go.


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Smis  
#559 Posted : Wednesday, September 18, 2019 4:24:30 PM(UTC)
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I’ve only caught one small brook trout from that stream (farther downstream below the beaver dams). I did spook a nice brookie from a grassy undercut. It swam out onto a shallow gravel flat and I saw it clear as day. Looked liked a black torpedo and was probably 13” (+\- and inch).

These were the exceptions in my experience. Interesting that it’s a brook trout restoration area. I’m curious what measures have actually been taken to make it a restoration area for brook trout...
snbrd4evr  
#560 Posted : Saturday, September 21, 2019 5:29:29 AM(UTC)
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We happened to stumble upon a decent brookie over here in MN today. Kinda surprised it ate anything considering how nice it was outside.

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The release...

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LOL

He's not allowed to squeeze them, so most of our releases are loose thumbs and sort of cradling them low to the water until them flop out and take off.
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