Tiny Steelie

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2007/11/14 11:01:12 (permalink)

Tiny Steelie

This morning while fishing the project waters at Walnut, I caught a very small rainbow trout/steelie that was about 6 to 8 inches long.  It did not look like a typical smolt, but more like a baby rainbow.  Any ideas about why a tiny little trout like that might be swimming with the big boys?  I also landed two very fresh jacks this morning.

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    Sculpin 14
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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:07:54 (permalink)
    Hey I once saw a single turkey amongst a flock of geese, maybe he was just confused.

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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:24:28 (permalink)
    actually ive seen trout that small never even leave the stream...someone also told me that they dont ever leave the stream they were put/born in until they are about 11inches long..
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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:30:58 (permalink)
    I kinda think you are right cp13.  It was pretty stange.  I caught a small "stockie" brown last fall in Walnut.  That was pretty interesting since I don't think they stock brownies in Walnut, just steelies.  I makes you wonder what is actually happening with these fish and if there is some natural reproduction going on.
     
     

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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:31:33 (permalink)
    BUT...
    walnut can't support a population of trout in the summer...
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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:32:33 (permalink)
    One would think not, especially this summer, so where did this little fellow come from?

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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:33:31 (permalink)
    I caught one this morning that was about 6 inches long, as well.

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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:40:10 (permalink)
    Where were you fishing MikeG? 

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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:42:29 (permalink)
    Elk @ Girard park.
     
    Landed around 13 or so. Water looked good. Leaves are getting bad,though.
     
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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:46:39 (permalink)
    I fished the project waters on Walnut for about an hour and a half and put 4 on the bank, not including the little fella and lost 3 or 4 more.  I had a nice male on and got tangled up with a couple of other guys and just could not fight the fish properly and it broke me off.  The fish were pretty eager to bite until the crowds showed up.  As soon as all the bait and lead started slapping the water, they pretty much shut right down.

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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:49:08 (permalink)
    I actually got a large male today. He was about 10-11 lbs. First big one all year.
    I had to leave them biting....Gosh darn work....ARRGGGHHHHH!

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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:52:11 (permalink)
    I hate having to leave when the fish are biting...  Fortunately for me, they had pretty well shut down and all that was going on was getting snagged up with other fisherman.  When that happens, it is time to leave....
     

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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:53:15 (permalink)
    I can't belive you actually fish that water.....I'm not that brave..:)

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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 12:57:22 (permalink)
    It takes a lot of patience and skill to work around all the folks that don't have a clue, but if you can keep your focus and temper under control, it can be productive.  There are some really huge fish that travel those waters.  Also, I need a place to get in and out quickly and the project waters are fine.  I will start fishing the upper portions of the creeks soon as can get some time to do a bit more scouting.
     
     

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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 21:28:51 (permalink)
    Is it just me or does the brown trout fishing get better every year on the erie tribs?  I saw probably one of the nicest Brown trout taken at the mouth of 16 mile, Kept, but what can you do.  Last time I checked 16 mile doesnt even get stocked with steelies, and they always seem to keep coming back.  Maybe, just maybe there is some natural reproduction with some of the browns stocked on the east side, I know they get dumped in there.  It's a nice thought anyways....
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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 21:33:23 (permalink)
    back in 2003 i caught a 6 inch steelhead at walnut in august lol so I guess you can say i've caught one steelhead in my 4 years of fishing for them
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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 22:06:56 (permalink)
    Last December I caught a 15 inch brown trout.  It was so light colored it actually looked silver like the steelhead when they come out of the lake.  I was assuming this fish had been stocked in the spring and washed into the lake and came back to mingle the creeks in the late fall.  Hard to tell where these fish come.
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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/14 22:27:01 (permalink)
    yeah my friends little brother did the same thing.  They get silver because of all the baitfish they go out to the lake and crush.  Im sure they're there, but just from the stockings probably. 
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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/15 13:21:52 (permalink)
    Ana, will you help me too?
     
     
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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/15 17:01:38 (permalink)






     


    ORIGINAL: Bughawk

    I kinda think you are right cp13.  It was pretty stange.  I caught a small "stockie" brown last fall in Walnut.  That was pretty interesting since I don't think they stock brownies in Walnut, just steelies.  I makes you wonder what is actually happening with these fish and if there is some natural reproduction going on.



     
    Maybe a stray from Bear Creek?
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    RE: Tiny Steelie 2007/11/15 18:36:07 (permalink)
    The trout stalked here in Pittsburgh dont leave their streams
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