Sunday, March 11, 2012
Jigging for Trout
The wind was out of the south at 25? mph, and being my chosen stream of the day runs north to the south, fly fishing was pretty much out of the question for me. I chose to use my spinning rig, a light weight fast action rod, matched to a pflueger reel. I have had the best luck over the years with a wooly bugger jig, and because of the wind, I used a 1/16th jig in all back with painted eyes. There was no spring runoff this year due to lack of snow making the water clear, but not too low, due to the springs flowing pretty good.
Starting with the first hole, the trout were cooperative, in fact very cooperative. I lost count around 20, and manage to get quite a few pictures with my Blackberry. I did see a few "monsters" but only managed a 15 1/2 inch brown with beautiful dark colors, and a very nice 13 inch brook. I figure the ratio ran 3-1 favoring the brown trout. Brook trout were first stocked late in the spring of 2008 and I'm guessing them to be measuring about 8 inches now. I have caught a brook or two a year on this stream each year, even though the DNR says there haven't been brook trout stocked since the early 1980's.
The pictures show a few of the fish caught including the big brown and big brook of the day. As usual, I thank God for giving me the bounty, and giving me the health to partake.