Catch date:1/30/2016 9:51:00 AM
Story date:2/7/2016 4:36:00 PM
Species:Trout, Brown wild
This time of year I pretty much stick to fishing for wild brown trout on the upper gunpowder river in Parkton md. For those of you who are not familiar with md, the gunpowder river is a tailwater, which means that it flows out of a reservoir or lake. In this case prettyboy reservoir. The coldwater release policy ensures that the trout have cold clean water to keep them happy year round, which is good. This time of year they are very lethargic and its tough to get em interested. I got out last weekend with the intention of swinging streamers with my 5 weight. Unfortunately I dont think my streamer was getting down deep enough. I was fishing an area with large boulders and deeper holes. This guy was hanging out in front of the biggest boulder in 3 feet of water. I switched to my spinning rod and was drifting this 1/8 ounce jig on a downstream drift. Trying to bounce it off of each boulder. The boulder created a large area of slack water directly in front of it and thats were he wacked it. That is actually a crappie magnet brand soft plastic. Sometimes the browns really like em though and that day was no exception. Not a big fish, but I was extremely grateful to catch and release this beautiful little guy. Probably my last fish until April. Then its bass time.