Re: Kinzua Tailwaters
What a great water to fish for Trophy Trout.
I have been fishing the Allegheny River Tailwaters for decades.
Yes, those 25" to 30" Browns do exist there, they are not simply a rumor. However, you have chosen to chase the very top end of the Trophy Trout Food Chain.
I have been fortunate, but I have spent countless hours there fishing, experimenting, learning, sweating, freezing, BSing,getting bug-bitten, nearly drowned and experiencing these Monster Trout.
Just looking over my informal notebook on the Project Waters, I have caught nearly 100 trout over 20" and 25 trout over 25", so, yes, they do exist. My best is a 29", 11 Lb Brown.
I can't tell you how many times a fisherman there has asked me....where are all the big trout !! Equate them to big, top-end whitetail bucks, and you will understand what I am saying.
Please pay very close attention to what was stated above.....WATCH THE WATER LEVEL AND OUTFLOW REASE FROM THE DAM VERY CLOSELY IF YOU ARE WADING.
Best advice I got from an old timer many years ago who fished the River....."Just Fish"....'and enjoy it " !!!
Good luck, practice Catch and Release, Take your camera, and be careful.