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Re: bigger brookies

2012/3/14 23:03
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2 streams I know of where 12" freestone, native brookies can be caught all have high acidity, very remote(no car access alongside a paved road), and moderate flow through summer(never nearing trickle levels even in worst droughts- obviously seeps I don't know about) and excellent canopy.

Posted on: 2013/5/7 16:00

Re: bigger brookies

2008/6/14 23:22
From Penns Creek Canyon
Posts: 538

Ive caught some big brookies and were in a stream with browns caught were there was underwater springs

Posted on: 2013/5/7 16:24
"That's why they call It fishing and not catching."

Re: bigger brookies

2011/3/31 12:18
From Clearfield
Posts: 370

troutbert wrote:
Streams with only brook trout.

And with low harvest/fishing pressure.

And definitely streams that are not stocked.

+1 This is what I've found also.

Posted on: 2013/5/7 16:55

Re: bigger brookies

2009/7/29 10:25
Posts: 259
I agree with low harvest, and no stocking, but that includes most of the brookie stream miles in the state. just having low pressure and no stockies isn't enough.

if "low pressure & no stocking" were enough, then just about any highly remote stream would have big fish.

but without some extra food, an unfished, unstocked highly infertile stream would only produce small fish.

Posted on: 2013/5/7 17:01

Edited by k-bob on 2013/5/7 17:17:14
Edited by k-bob on 2013/5/7 17:19:00

Re: bigger brookies

2009/7/29 10:25
Posts: 259
right some bigger brookies moving out of impoundments, so they are above them.

can be good to fish below impoundments this time of year: warmer water when streams with no impoundment are still below good fishing temps.

Posted on: 2013/5/7 17:05

Edited by k-bob on 2013/5/7 17:26:08

Re: bigger brookies

2012/10/24 19:22
From Landenberg, PA
Posts: 418

pcray1231 wrote:
Try fishing above one of the numerous municipal water supply reservoirs found in PA after Labor and after a decent rain and tell me if you don't find brook trout over 12".

Yeah, I agree with K-Bob. We all know those fish exist. And we all know why. It's a fairly specialized situation.

yup, lake run fish. wild brownies can be bigger in the same instance, i bet cutts out west would be too.

i would add deep holes and wood, to the list already made.

up in Maine, you do get many more larger brookies in the 2-2.5lb range, mostly taken at night on weighted streamers.

these are medium gradient medium size streams with cold water and short growing seasons, but their only competition are landlocked salmon which during the summer head down to the lakes.

once you drop down to the flatlands to places like the andro which are stocked, you get smaller brookies and bigger browns, mixed in with the bows.... but in some places like the Dead river or upper kennebec they have wild reproducing rainbow populations - now that the stocked browns have been weeded out.

so just on my experience, many factors contribute but the absence of browns is the overriding factor.

Posted on: 2013/5/7 19:10

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