Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
- Washington, D.C.
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Posted on April 2, 2013 | Permalink
Opening Day Success
Region: North Central
Location: Owen's Creek and Friend's Creek
Opening day trout season was a success after a slow start. I stopped first at Owen's Creek and tried a couple of holes without any luck. After talking to another angler I heard that poachers had cleaned out the creek the night before. May be just a rumor. I decided to go up to Friend's Creek and found almost every hole occupied with anglers. I hiked upstream from where I parked and had a hit on streamer but could not hook the fish. These fish just were not biting very well though power bait anglers were having better luck. I switched to a bead head pheasant tail nymph and started to have some luck. Small stuff sometimes works when big stuff does not. I caught one from one pool then tried another place and caught another. I went back to one of the pools I fished earlier and hooked a nice 14-15 inch trout which put up a nice fight. I finally wound up with my limit after about 6 hours of fishing. Fishing got better in the late afternoon and evening. There are a lot more anglers out fishing this year than last year or so it seems.
Here is photo of 3 of my trout including the 15 incher. The other two were in the cooler in my car. I did not hook any of the giant trout that are sometimes stocked-maybe next time. The 15 inch trout along with the others made for a nice dinner the next day. I might try the Northwest Branch next, which is closer to my home-should be some left. Tight lines-hope to get one of those 24-28 inch trout.