October Fishing Thread
Better Than Expected First Outing of the Month
My first fishing trip of the month took place on the first Saturday of the month. I went to a large limestone influenced stream I had not fished this year. A friend had fished a different section the previous day and had not done well. I thought about trying another stream instead but decided to try it but was ready to head elsewhere if the action was poor. I was not optimistic when I saw the stream level, but I parked my car and walked a long distance downstream before wading in.
I had two trout follow before I landed my first trout, a 12 inch wild brown. On the next cast, I caught a 10 ½ inch brown so I was off to a flying start. A brightly colored rainbow followed twice in the tail of a large pool but didn’t hit. I caught four more browns, ranging from 9 to 10 inches in the remainder of the hour.
The next hour produced eight wild browns from 8 to 12 inches. I had three others throw the hook. I was surprised I had not caught any smallmouth bass to that point, as I usually land a few in that section.
Hour number three started quickly, with a dancing 13 ½ inch brown, followed quickly by a 12 ½ incher. After that, I had trout after trout follow without hitting. I was in a slower section, so the response of the trout did not surprise me. When I reached a nice riffle, the action predictably picked up. I caught four 9 to 9 ½ inch browns in the riffle, plus a 10 incher from the tail out above it. Browns of 9 ½ and 8 ½ inches closed the hour.
A good sized brown that was likely in the 15 to 16 inch range followed my spinner back to me but saw me and beat a hasty retreat. I caught a 9 inch smallmouth before catching browns of 9 ½ and 9 inches. I endured a long dry spell, which was broken by three browns with a size range of 7 ½ to 9 ½ inches. I then caught my first and only fallfish of the day.
The action was slow in the remainder of the time I fished that section. I caught three more small browns and lost two others before I reached a tributary, which I fished for a few minutes. I caught a 13 inch rainbow before climbing the bank and walking back to my car.
I stopped to get something to eat before driving to another section. I waded in and cast to the far bank. A large shape emerged from the deep pocket and followed my spinner but turned away. On the next cast, it did the same thing. After that, he didn’t respond. It took a while before I landed a trout in the new section. The first was a nice 12 incher, followed by a 12 ¾ incher. The action was predictably slow in the deeper sections, but I had fast action in the riffles, at one point picking up six trout in 15 minutes, highlighted by a quadruple jumping 14 ¼ inch brown and a 14 inch brown. In the remaining time before dark, I caught eight more trout, all browns between 9 ½ and 11 ½ inches.
For the day, I did much better than expected. I caught 45 trout, all wild browns except for the rainbow in the tributary. All trout hit spinners. I tried a plug briefly early, but only had one follow on it. For the day, I walked 4.3 miles.
Slow Start, Strong Finish
The next weekend I headed to the north to try some freestone streams and get some pictures. The day started well for pictures as I saw this while driving to the stream.
Seven turkeys crossed the road as I neared my destination. I didn’t get my camera out in time to take a picture of them before they disappeared into the woods.
The area had received some rain, though when I arrived at the first stream, I was surprised that it was still low. I decided to give it a try. I didn’t even get a follow for almost the first half hour and only caught two trout the first hour; a 6 ½ inch brown and a gorgeous 8 ½ inch brookie. While getting my camera out, he slipped off the hook and was gone.
The action in the next hour improved but was still slow. I caught 5 trout, 4 wild browns and 1 brook trout, that ranged from 5 to 9 ½ inches. One other trout slipped the hook. Several small trout followed during the hour without hitting.
The fishing the next hour was similar. The second trout of the hour was my first one of the day to hit the 10 inch mark and a few minutes later, I caught another, a 10 ½ inch brown. Five browns and one brook trout came to hand during the hour. Typically, on that stream, I catch more brooks than browns, but to that point, I had 10 browns to only 3 brooks.
A doe ran along the bank to start the next hour and it took a while to catch my first trout of the hour, a 7 ½ inch brown. I only caught three other trout during the hour, an 11 ½ inch brown, a 7 inch brook, and my largest trout of the day to that point, a 12 ¾ inch brown. A larger brown followed but didn’t hit. I think that fish was in the 14 to 15 inch range. During the hour, I saw my largest trout of the day, which was a big surprise. It was a large golden rainbow, which I have never seen there. It may have been stocked my one of the people in the nearby camps. It’s also possible it migrated a long way upstream from the lake, which is stocked.
The fishing remained slow for the first half of hour number five, but then it picked up considerably as I approached a beaver pond. I caught 7 trout in the bottom half of the hour, all browns with the largest being 12 inches.
I fished that stream for one more hour, which produced 12 trout; 10 browns and 2 brooks. The biggest trout of the hour was 12 ¾ inches and was the second of three trout caught on consecutive casts. I was a long way from my car, so I waded around the lower part of the beaver pond and out to the road. It took about 45 minutes to reach my vehicle. I drove to a nearby tributary, another class A freestoner, which joined the stream downstream of where I had been fishing.
The action was good in the short time of daylight I had left. I caught 10 wild browns and 3 brook trout in the 1.25 hours I fished there.
For the day, I caught 49 trout in 7.25 hours, all on spinners. 40 were wild browns and 9 were brook trout. The largest were a trio of 12 ¾ inch browns. The biggest brookie was 8 ½ inches. I saw a bear, 4 deer, and 7 turkeys. I walked 5.4 miles during the day.
Good Pictures, Lousy Fishing
The next day was my birthday, and I hoped to have a great day fishing and taking pictures. I expected a stream that was close to where I was staying to be elevated from recent rains. Due to the extremely cold overnight temperatures, I didn’t arrive until later in the morning. Unfortunately, the stream was so low I didn’t bother fishing it. I thought about returning to where I had left off the previous day but didn’t. Looking back, that would have been the smart thing to do.
I left there and began a long day of stream hopping and not much fishing. The second stream I drove to was very low, so I drove to the stocked stream it flows into, which was also low. I tried it for an hour and caught only one trout, a 9 inch wild brown. I fished up the tributary for a half hour, where I lost one nice trout and caught a 7 ½ inch brown. I walked out and returned to my car. I drove to another tributary of the first stream I fished, which is a stocked stream known for its scenic beauty. I hadn’t fished there in years. I’ve never had good fishing there but wanted to get some pictures. I only caught a 10 inch rainbow and a 7 inch wild brown in the 1.25 hours I was there. I tried a tiny trib for 15 minutes with not even a follow to show for it.
I walked back to my car and drove to still another stream. I knew it was going to be low, but I hoped I could end the day well. I walked through a lot of shallow water, flipping casts to the deeper pockets. The first trout to show himself hit my spinner, cleared the water and got off. I caught only three trout in the 0.75 hours I fished before I reached a section where the landowner must have gotten a volume discount on no trespassing signs. There were three trees in a row that had two signs each on them. Maybe he’s hoping the squirrels will stay off his trees.
On the day, I caught a measly seven trout, my lowest outing of the year. I walked 4.8 miles even though I fished very little. The biggest trout was an 11 inch wild brown. I saw 7 deer during the day. The highlight of the day was the beauty of the streams I fished.