Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Brookies Do Eat During Winter

I was beginning to doubt brook trout eat in the winter.  Past couple trips have been rough catching wise.  I was planning on using last Saturday as a day to explore a new brookie stream, but changed my mind on the drive. I hit a stream that has produced well for me in the past, but also had other options close by just incase the trout decided to be lockjawed that day.  Glad I did because the fishing was slow on Stream A.  I managed to catch three brookies, but they were glued to the bottom and had to be worked hard for.

I thought at first this was a bear, but after talking to some people, seems like a Pileated Woodpecker was the culprit. Destructive little birds they are.

Decided to head to Stream B and see if it was fishing any better.  It was a little bigger of a stream, and while it gets a lot more pressure, it tends to hold bigger fish.  Stream B brookies were a lot more willing to play.

Stream B

Lunch: Pita Bread and Summer Sausage.

Better trout of the day.

I think this was man made.

Glad to finally hit a stream on a day where the trout are active.  While I enjoy just being out in God's country, I do occasionally like to catch fish.  Thanks for reading.


  1. Nice job, winter trout can be tough to move

  2. Awesome catches! I like the looks of those streams, WTMA's?

    1. National Forest. One of the streams has a road that goes along side of it. Virginia unfortunately likes to do that sort of thing haha.

  3. Well done.
    Those brook trout held up very well over the winter.

    1. Thanks and that they have. Good summer/fall water levels and mild temps probably helped too.