So as the title states, I was not in a kayak during this trip... hopefully I am not breaking any rules here. I am just excited to share my first fish of 2017! These aren’t anything to brag about by a long shot from Steph Curry, but when you are terrible at catching fish like me you have to take what you can get.
Paint Branch is a tributary of the Northeast Branch Anacostia River.
I chose this location because I have fished here before and caught a few sunfish and some bass in the 1.5lb range. I have seen them much larger in this stream though when sight fishing, so that has prompted me to come back to this spot on about 5 occasions total now. There are tons of large holes all up and down this specific area I was in, which is probably no more than 150 feet of the bank that I have fished. There are tons of huge boulders to stand on and get good vantage points to see exactly what is swimming around in there....
I caught about 4 creek chub, all in the 9-10ich range, here is one of the larger ones from the day
As I walked up stream I found a few bass and caught about 5 of them, all in the same 9-10 inch range.
Also saw a good sized cray fish that I almost stepped on...
It was 70degrees but the water was pretty cold. The times I have seen the larger bass cruisin around was summer 2016. I honestly didn’t expect to see any bass during this season, I was actually hoping for some yellow perch, but I am unsure if they travel up small creeks like this. I have always heard of them being in much larger tributary rivers. All in all this was a good day and fun to get out and fish. Pulling the kayak out soon though!