dead in Connecticut

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crash
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dead in Connecticut

The one highlight this season at my favorite Connectucut pond was catching a single brown trout, a week ago. I forgot to measure him, but he had to be 20 inches, at least.  As normal brown trout go, I KNOW he was a big'un.  I can add that one to my Lifelist.  Caught on a night crawler!!! The Connecticut "DEEP" Environmental agency assures me that both brown trout and channel catfish have been stocked into Freshwater Pond, as it's called. They do it every year.  Here in the Northeast, we've had a rather wet Spring, and no shortage of rain here into the early summer. The water level is up. Water-weeds are growing to become a GIANT pain in the ass. In the previous two seasons, we were in drought. Easier to catch stuff in those conditions, I suppose.

Otherwise, I've barely got any action, just about a half-dozen trash-fish: little bluegill and calico bass. Not a SINGLE catfish, yet. I sent a report to Connecticut DEEP, too. They assure me that there's been no drawdown for any reason, which would force the fish into the brook and out to the Connecticut River. sad

 

Beats the hell outa WORKING.

Susquehannock
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Welcome

Welcome.

I thought you should know that we don't really believe in the concept of a "trash fish" here.

Susquehannock

Gunnar
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No trash fish except walleye.

No trash fish except walleye.

 


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Dr Flathead
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Even walleye fishing beats

Even walleye fishing beats the hell out of working

Susquehannock
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Walleye

I don't understand the sentiment-I actually kind of like walleyes-but I don't live in the land of the walleye worshippers, either. Stocked trout worshippers are far more prevalent in my part of the country.

Susquehannock

crash
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Thanks for the replies. I may try an alternate fishing hole. It's my back-up. Further away. Lots of bullhead and bluegill, and the bluegill grow big in there. Not many anglers go there. It's not stocked with anything by the State. And the private property owners who control 99% of the access have started their own fundraising effort to cut down the huge water-weed problem in there. Last time out there, I got plenty of action, but had to pull about a kilo of weeds off my line every time I reeled-in for a re-cast, or to pull-in a fish.

Beats the hell outa WORKING.

philaroman
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instead of alternate hole, try alternate pole

get a long, light rod & learn to float-fish (the finesse, Euro/Asian version -- not the obscene red/white plastic bobbers)...  it's a much more vertical, hence weed-resistant, approach -- all you need is a square foot of open water to drop your rig into

also, if legal in CT, suggest stocking White Amur (aka, grass carp) for weed control -- if it's not a big pond, a few dozen may do the trick

P.E.T.A. sucks!!!  Plants are living things, too -- they're just easier to catch!

Susquehannock
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Floats

They make some in America, I think mostly for steelhead, that are just as good as the European ones and a whole heck of a lot cheaper. The original is called an e-z float, but there are a bunch of knockoffs.

I use one of the tinier sizes for all of my float fishing needs and I even use them for "strike indicators" with my fly rod.

Susquehannock

philaroman
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E-Z's & such are OK for cheap

E-Z's & such are OK for cheap convenience, but I prefer a skinny finesse float -- any Thill w/ "mini", "shy", or "stealth" in the name is welcome in my tackle: http://www.thill.com/product/

Shy Bite would be my choice in weeds -- if they were just a bit more durable, they'd be more cost-effective, so I mainly make my own from quills & add cork/balsa/foam bodies when needed

P.E.T.A. sucks!!!  Plants are living things, too -- they're just easier to catch!

crash
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walleyes

They are great eating!

Beats the hell outa WORKING.

crash
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Thanks. Great idea.

I've seen those style of poles...

Beats the hell outa WORKING.

Susquehannock
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Fishing around weeds

If you want to catch bass around weeds-and the same stuff generally works for pike and large pickerel, too, which are more exciting to me than the lmbs-you can usually drop a senko or other wacky-rigged plastic into the holes in the thick stuff. If you fly fish, you can also catch sunfish, stocked trout, and everything else I already mentioned on little poppers, and float fishing will usually work, too.

Susquehannock

crash
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Same spot continues not to be COMPLETELY dead, at least...

Last Monday: 14 inch rainbow trout. Had to work all afternoon before he showed up.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1UCKpQ9izYY/TszZ4LW4HkI/AAAAAAAAAR8/uQe6ThHzYu...

Beats the hell outa WORKING.