Millrtme

Great Morning on the Patapsco

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After a pretty uneventful spring on both the tributaries of the Chesapeake as well as the Little Patuxent River.  I ventured out to the Patapsco on Saturday morning.  After the floods through Ellicott City last year the river just didn't seem to be the same.  I knew it would take time for the fish to bounce back, but every time I've been since, it is running fast and much higher than usual.  Not to mention, some of the old fish aggregating features have been washed away.  Given that I had an entire morning to myself and the warmer temps, I figured it was time to start wet wading.  Planning to explore a little further, I typically go down stream and wade up this time I just went further downstream.  I found a huge rock on the far bank creating a nice eddy.  The river is a bit narrow at this point so casting from shore to shore inst possible, but if you wade out you can get pretty close.  I had a smaller spinnerbait, in a brown yellow and orange pattern, a crawfish I guess.  Initially only catching some sunnies from the eddy, but happy to see signs of life.  Just down river was a fallen log on the same shore that I was wading from.  I took a few casts down stream and caught some average to small smallies.  Then, i hooked a big one (for this river), i pulled like crazy to the point, I wasn't sure what I had one.  After fighting it for a few minutes, I was able to land it, a roughly 9" smallmouth.  I know this isn't huge, but definitely the biggest I have caught on this river.  After spending a solid hour as this spot I headed back up river hitting a few spots, nothing too exciting.  When I got back to about where I had parked I figured I had another 30 minutes left so I headed upstream even further to check out an old bridge abutment I had fished a couple years ago.  Most of the notable features around it were gone, but there is a huge hole right at the base, so you can sometimes find something in there to grab your lure.  At this point I switched to a small red and black crawfish pattern crankbait.  After a few casts and no bites. I as reeling in and my lure as probably 5ft from my rod tip when a silver flash went after it.  Figuring it was a smallie, I wasn't too shocked.  It took one swipe and missed the hook, so I stopped reeling and it came back for a second shot.  This time I got it, it turned out to be a 12" rainbow trout, my first ever.  No pictures, as I was standing in waste deep water and they are slippery suckers.  Below is a pic of the big smallmouth.  Overall, a good day and nice to know there is still plenty of life in the river.  It was an overcast morning, about 75 degrees, I forgot my thermometer so I have no idea what the water temp was.  I was using a 6' UL  St. Croix and a Shiamno Stradic 1000 with Berkley Vanish Transition 4lb test.  The water was a bit cloudy from the storms on Thursday, but nothing I was worried about.  The fish on this part of the Patapsco aren't big, but it is nice and quiet, I rarely see anyone else and it is easy to access.  I will probably go back another half dozen times throughout the season.  I will continue to update on this thread.  

 

-Andrew

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I've walked along the Patapsco in the Daniels area near Ellicott City a few times but never brought a rod. Have to remember one the next time I head down.

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Update #1:

I went out again last Saturday and caught three more trout, the largest being about 18" and it was caught on a crawfish patterned SPINNERBAIT.  It surprised the heck out of me.  The other two I caught on the crawdad pattern crankbait, before I snagged it.  I also caught a couple sunnies and a smallmouth.  Overall, a solid morning.  Everytime I plan to head up there, i think about exploring other sections of the river, but the cool (and frustrating) thing about river fishing is it seems the river is always changing.  Even without massive storms you'll notice next tree stumps or rocks in the middle of the river.  Plus, section i go to has been producing this year.  

For true trout fisherman, is a spinnerbait normal "trout food"?  

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On 6/17/2019 at 10:09 PM, Millrtme said:

Update #1:

I went out again last Saturday and caught three more trout, the largest being about 18" and it was caught on a crawfish patterned SPINNERBAIT.  It surprised the heck out of me.  The other two I caught on the crawdad pattern crankbait, before I snagged it.  I also caught a couple sunnies and a smallmouth.  Overall, a solid morning.  Everytime I plan to head up there, i think about exploring other sections of the river, but the cool (and frustrating) thing about river fishing is it seems the river is always changing.  Even without massive storms you'll notice next tree stumps or rocks in the middle of the river.  Plus, section i go to has been producing this year.  

For true trout fisherman, is a spinnerbait normal "trout food"?  

there are no wild spinnerbaits ,so,no,it's not normal trout food

fish are just curious about the world around them but they don't have hands so they use their mouth...and regret it

don't get too hung up on the idea that trout are eating "trout food",it's all just food to fish and if they can get their jaws around it it's dinner

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DNR stocks the Patapsco with trout, and this year they really stocked a lot of them.  Due to the high water folks couldn't get on to the river so there's still quite a few left, but they won't last long once the water starts heating up.  I was up there a few weeks ago fly fishing for smallies and a few nice rainbows surprised me.   As much fun as they are, wait until late summer/ early fall for the smallmouths and big bluegill to get active.  Cool river, further downstream you can get into largemouth and smallmouths, white perch, yellow perch, sunfish, fall fish and stripers, and now that they've removed the Blode Dam they'e hoping the shad start running back up.

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On 6/27/2019 at 11:41 AM, Bonefish79 said:

DNR stocks the Patapsco with trout, and this year they really stocked a lot of them.  Due to the high water folks couldn't get on to the river so there's still quite a few left, but they won't last long once the water starts heating up.  I was up there a few weeks ago fly fishing for smallies and a few nice rainbows surprised me.   As much fun as they are, wait until late summer/ early fall for the smallmouths and big bluegill to get active.  Cool river, further downstream you can get into largemouth and smallmouths, white perch, yellow perch, sunfish, fall fish and stripers, and now that they've removed the Blode Dam they'e hoping the shad start running back up.

I have not been that far down stream, but would love to try out shad fishing if it does bounce back.  I am not to interested in LMB, so all of the other brackish fish, I usually target from my community beach.  Very cool rover indeed.  I picked up a boat last weekend so my time that was dedicated to the river may go towards bay fishing, so we will see how it plays out.

 

-Andrew

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