Hi everybody. Here’s a 21″ Brown trout I caught on the West Fork River in northeast Georgia just a couple of miles up stream of the confluence of the Chatooga River. I look for the unbeautiful holes on the river to catch fish like this. What do I look for when fishing for lunker trout?
- If it’s a classic looking hole, you can bet everybody on the river will stop and fish there. There will be a clear path down to the bank and lots of footprints and probably trash too. Don’t fish there.
- If it’s easy to get down the bank to a hole, don’t fish there.
- If it’s relatively clear of entangling tree branches overhead and no lure snagging submerged logs and boulders, don’t fish there.
- If it’s an irresistible looking spot, keep going and don’t fish there.
Here’s what I look for:
- Steep banks with no clear path and a lot of overhanging branches that make it difficult to cast. Once, I slid down a 30′ embankment to get to a hole and jumped the last 10 feet. I figured I’d find a way to climb back out one way or another. Too old to go to that extreme now, but it was fun back then.
- Boring, slow moving water with no apparent hiding places for big trout. Others pass these boring places up and often they are lightly fished if ever fished at all. I have stood at one of these places and nearly caught my limit of fat fish. Many times there are plenty of hiding places for fish that anglers just can’t see. Don’t pass them up.
- Hike far away from the access points. Most anglers fish within a quarter mile of where they parked. Hike for an hour and then start fishing. I have a honey hole on Holcomb Creek that takes me about an hour to hike to. I’ve never been disappointed there.
There’s lots to learn about any kind of fishing and that’s what’s so great about fishing…always something new to learn, to see, to experience. Have fun out there until next time and remember to clean up your trash when you leave.