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Potter County Brookie
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SubmitterBrownie101More Photos from Brownie101   CategoryFish   Last Update2013/1/12 23:17
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My biggest native brookie to date. The picture makes it almost look stocked, but it comes from a small unstocked stream that i have caught tons of little brook trout in.

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Brownie101
Published: 2013/1/12 23:40  Updated: 2013/1/12 23:40
Joined: 08/21/2012
From: Chester County
Comments: 404
 Re: Potter County Brookie
I should add the picture is from labor day weekend of last year.
PSUFishMenace
Published: 2013/1/13 18:32  Updated: 2013/1/13 18:33
Joined: 08/12/2009
From: chester county
Comments: 1040
 Re: Potter County Brookie
Wow, I've never seen one so fat. Great fish and it sure doesn't look like a stocker to me.
salmo
Published: 2013/1/14 15:57  Updated: 2013/1/14 15:57
Joined: 04/24/2009
From: South Jersey
Comments: 590
 Re: Potter County Brookie
Great looking fish. Nice job. IMO a native. I never catch them that big.
Brownie101
Published: 2013/1/14 16:46  Updated: 2013/1/14 16:46
Joined: 08/21/2012
From: Chester County
Comments: 404
 Re: Potter County Brookie
Thanks guys, whats strange is that all the other fish i caught in that stream are skinny and about 5 inches, when i hooked into this one it was a surprise!
Swattie87
Published: 2013/1/15 15:51  Updated: 2013/1/15 15:59
Joined: 05/03/2011
From: South Lebanon Township, PA
Comments: 1958
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 Re: Potter County Brookie
Very nice Brookie, clearly wild IMO, no question. That fish looks like it was almost ready to spawn already. She must have been an early one that year...assume she came from a northern tier county? Don't answer that too specifically though. I caught a similarly shaped, but obviously wild Brookie in October this year in Lebanon County. I'll see if I can dig the picture up tonight.

Edit: Duh...the title of the picture is Potter County Brookie...duh Swattie. Makes sense.
Brownie101
Published: 2013/1/15 16:37  Updated: 2013/1/15 16:37
Joined: 08/21/2012
From: Chester County
Comments: 404
 Re: Potter County Brookie
Swattie, i think it was getting ready for spawn. I wonder if the trout in the northern part of the state spawn earlier because it gets colder sooner?
Swattie87
Published: 2013/1/15 17:32  Updated: 2013/1/15 17:32
Joined: 05/03/2011
From: South Lebanon Township, PA
Comments: 1958
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 Re: Potter County Brookie
Yeah, they generally do. Within the same stream they don't all spawn at the same time, and surely there is some overlap, but in general they spawn first in the northern counties and later the further south you go...as much as a month or two difference on average.

I found my "Fat Brookie" pic from this Fall...I'll post it above. Like yours I suspect it was a prespawn female.
Brownie101
Published: 2013/1/15 18:51  Updated: 2013/1/15 18:51
Joined: 08/21/2012
From: Chester County
Comments: 404
 Re: Potter County Brookie
So they dont all spawn at the same time in the same stream? That seems right because most of the fish in this stream were normal size, not nearly as fat.
Swattie87
Published: 2013/1/16 7:50  Updated: 2013/1/16 7:51
Joined: 05/03/2011
From: South Lebanon Township, PA
Comments: 1958
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 Re: Potter County Brookie
No it's a continuum...think bell shaped curve. On every stream there will be a few that start early, rising to a peak, and then will fall off with a few spawning late. The total time from the first fish spawning in a stream to the last probably takes a couple months, with a peak of activity somewhere in the middle.

Survival of the species kind of deal..."don't put all your eggs in one redd" theory with all the fish spawning at the same time. This way if a high water event sometime in the spawning period wipes out a bunch of eggs, theoretically other fish in the stream still will have successfully spawned earlier or later.
Brownie101
Published: 2013/1/16 16:06  Updated: 2013/1/16 16:06
Joined: 08/21/2012
From: Chester County
Comments: 404
 Re: Potter County Brookie
Oh, I understand. That's pretty interesting.
csoult
Published: 2013/1/16 20:31  Updated: 2013/1/16 20:32
Joined: 03/31/2011
From: Clearfield
Comments: 2498
 Re: Potter County Brookie
You guys are making me look bad.
Swattie87
Published: 2013/1/16 20:37  Updated: 2013/1/16 20:37
Joined: 05/03/2011
From: South Lebanon Township, PA
Comments: 1958
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 Re: Potter County Brookie
Yours were plenty nice too Coty!
Brownie101
Published: 2013/1/16 20:46  Updated: 2013/1/16 20:46
Joined: 08/21/2012
From: Chester County
Comments: 404
 Re: Potter County Brookie
Csoult yours were huge!
csoult
Published: 2013/1/16 21:22  Updated: 2013/1/16 21:22
Joined: 03/31/2011
From: Clearfield
Comments: 2498
 Re: Potter County Brookie
Ha! That's funny stuff.





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