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Yellow Breeches Creek, New Cumberland Dam, 12/14/13
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SubmitterNight_StalkerMore Photos from Night_Stalker   CategoryFish   Last Update2013/12/15 20:53
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Caught 20" male brown below dam on a crayfish pattern.

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sarce
Published: 2013/12/17 17:22  Updated: 2013/12/17 17:22
Joined: 02/16/2013
From: Northern VA
Comments: 467
 Re: Yellow Breeches Creek, New Cumberland Dam, 12/14/13
Nice fish! You refer to this as a migration. Why do you think these fish are leaving the river this time of year? I was under the impression that big browns would move downstream to larger, deeper water to winter over.
Night_Stalker
Published: 2013/12/18 10:12  Updated: 2013/12/18 10:12
Joined: 02/12/2013
From: Centralia
Comments: 26
 Re: Yellow Breeches Creek, New Cumberland Dam, 12/14/13
This fish was caught below the dam. Yellow Breeches fish would only go over the dam when a flood pushes them over. I have been told that big fish have been witnessed making it over the dam...IMO that would be extremely rare. I have seen them try, and it looks impossible.

Take a read of comments that were made in the 30" Browns general forum. Each stream has unique attributes and the behavior of the fish match. "...big browns would move downstream to larger, deeper water to winter over."...sounds like behavior of smaller streams. The fish I encounter have access to the Susquehanna system. The fish I encounter are on an active migration for food...not hibernating. These fish are not found at the locations the rest of the year...just the cold months.
Fishidiot
Published: 2013/12/18 10:43  Updated: 2013/12/18 10:43
Moderator
Joined: 09/09/2006
From: Gettysburg
Comments: 439
 Re: Yellow Breeches Creek, New Cumberland Dam, 12/14/13
Agree with NightStalker.
Brown trout move up and downstream more than many folks realize or are aware of and much of this involves larger rivers more commonly associated with bass fishing. I do think that these movements are related to water temps and occur more in spring and fall as fish move to or vacate areas with temps to their liking/disliking. Nevertheless, there are exceptions and I'll admit I certainly don't have this figured out (maybe it is food as NS suggests). Many limestoners are currently warmer than the rivers they feed into but fish are still moving out to the rivers.
sarce
Published: 2013/12/20 13:33  Updated: 2013/12/20 13:33
Joined: 02/16/2013
From: Northern VA
Comments: 467
 Re: Yellow Breeches Creek, New Cumberland Dam, 12/14/13
Thanks, that makes sense. I was thinking the ones you caught were stuck below the dam because they were swimming upstream- hadn't considered they dropped over from above.
Night_Stalker
Published: 2013/12/20 14:15  Updated: 2013/12/20 14:15
Joined: 02/12/2013
From: Centralia
Comments: 26
 Re: Yellow Breeches Creek, New Cumberland Dam, 12/14/13
I believe the fish below the New Cumberland Dam can come from just about any where via the Susquehanna river system. I have caught fish miles upstream in the Conodoguinet that I swear could have been stocked fish from the Yellow Breeches. I would imagine fish from the evil East Shore could actually co-mingle with the elitist West Shore fish. (If your not from the Harrisburg area...ignore these comments)

I would love to have some GPS tracking devices to tag fish with...and see where they actually go. I believe we would be very surprised.





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