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Valley Creek Surprise 7-14-13

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Decided to fish Valley Creek at dusk last night. Was chucking a big black bunny & marabou streamer with my 1wt.

Hoping to hook up with a few wild browns but got surprised by an aggressive attack from a largemouth bass!

Been fishing Valley for a year and a half now,,, first time I have hooked up a bass in the park!! Anyone else ever see a bass in Valley??

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Posted on: 2013/7/15 10:45


Re: Valley Creek Surprise 7-14-13

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Nice fish! Must have been fun on a 1WT!

Posted on: 2013/7/15 11:15


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Must have run up from the Skuk, I have never seen anything in Valley besides browns, suckers, and chubs

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Could be. Caught it all the up by the covered bridge... Must have jumped up the dam??

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Was chucking a big black bunny & marabou streamer with my 1wt.


Please explain the how and why of this entirely baffling feat.

I mean, unless its all relative, and by big you mean "size 12."

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You use a 1 weight rod to chuck giant streamers? Hmmmm....

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Posted on: 2013/7/15 16:03
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That's a really good looking LM and had to be a blast to catch. Stream LM's are reasonably rare in PA (but do occur) and are usually the result of escaping an impoundment somewhere in the watershed as a younster. Possible it could have run up from the Skuke in really high water I guess, but more likely an escapee from a farm pond somewhere in Valley's watershed.

I think it's cool how they take on a more slender, streamlined shape when in moving water...they also tend to be more vibrantly colored (like this fish) in my experience.

Posted on: 2013/7/15 16:04


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By "big" I mean " as compared to the #22s and #24s I usually cast with my 1wt, the #12 streamer is big.

With lots of water moving since the rain for the past few days, I thought the streamer would be a good choice at dusk.

As for the bass, I just had never even seen one in Valley before last night.

Just curious to know how typical that is as the summer moves on. Hoping that it is not detrimental to the trout population?..

Posted on: 2013/7/15 16:36


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It's not typical to see LM in a stream like Valley...that fish is a rogue. I wouldn't worry about the Trout in Valley...being eaten by Bass anyway.

Stream LM are most often found in my experience in PA in the immediate downstream areas of impoundments on WW streams. You'll find them for a few hundred yards below the dam mixed in with Smallies and then they fade out to all Smallies as you get further downstream of the dam. I attribute this to fry or fingerlings getting washed down the spillway. LM are much more adverse to current than SM, although they seem to do ok in the big spillway pools at the bottom of dams.

Posted on: 2013/7/15 18:02


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I wouldn't worry about the Trout in Valley...being eaten by Bass anyway.


Agree.
Not a problem. Most PA trout streams, in my experience, have low order and seasonal populations of warm water fishes and some streams that tend to warm more (ie are consistently in the mid to upper 60s in summer) can sometimes have many bass, usually smallmouths by mid summer. However, spotty groups of LM bass are not unusual as well (although the one in your pic is large). Pickerel are there too - again, usually widespread but rarely numerous. The migration of WW fishes into trout streams is less common on the colder limestoners but you'll see bass, sunnies, and pickerel in them too.

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I've posted this before. The browns dominate that stream like no other creek in the State. They should be in no fear of that bass. And, given its size, the bass should not be in too much fear either. I'm sure it came from a farm pond during one of the floods. If it came as a little guy, it would not have escaped a brown.

I probably fish Valley more than anyone (you won't see me though) and have never caught anything but trout until this year. No chubs, no suckers, no fallfish, no nothing. It's really kind of amazing. A couple of months ago, I statrted catching bluegills and only in one spot. Maybe a dozen over a few outings. Last month or so.....no bluegills. Wonder what happened to them?

By the way, very nice bass!!!!!


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Gorgeous Bass. Are WE sure thats not a Spotted Bass?!?!?!? Check out how the mouth does not extend past the eye.....

Posted on: 2013/7/15 20:33


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nice bass, but won't it be living off Juvie brownies and eggs ?

i would have chucked on the bank, me.

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Okay, I'll say it. Those browns have virtually no predators and could probably use a few for the long term health of the fishery. Over the last five years, I think I've seen four or five herons and one mink. That poor bass poses absolutley no threat to those trout. I guess I'm some sort of a hypocrte, because, if they allowed any kind of harvest, I still wouldn't keep any.

Posted on: 2013/7/15 20:52



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