Opening weekend to trout season 2014 has come and washed away as it turns out. Opening day was Saturday and I went and hit the gunpowder river right as the sun came up... Lots and Lots people were out and fishing at least on the gunpowder, looked like a great turn out. I fished along the river with a family member and saw some catching fish but not in normal opening day manner of one after another. Most people fishing had a one or two fish that had been there since long before sunrise some had a 4 -5. Everyone seemed to share in the idea that fishing was pretty slow. I wasn't able to catch a single fish myself, first opening day in 15 years I haven't caught a single fish. I got out around 6:30 AM and left around 9AM. Walked a good section of the river had some really good bites, lost a good fish in a tree, but all and all didn't lay hands on a single trout. Around 8AM I was passed by several that told me they had seen a gentlemen pull out a GIANT trout, I heard it to be 5 - 6LBS a little later on a saw the gentlemen walking with the fish and it was an impressive fish that fit the title of GIANT for that river.
By around 8:30AM the rain started to fall and as the morning progressed it got steadier and heavier. I had other morning plans so had to leave and hoped to go back later in the day. However, the heavy rain and rising river on my afternoon attempt made me decide to just hope we didn't get too much rain and give Sunday a try... No such luck and to everyone else that hoped to get out Sunday, yuck is all I have to say. The river took on the appearance of a mud bowl water water river rather then the gentle trout stream that it is. It was ugly around 10AM on Sunday and I can only guess how much worse it got as the floor warnings appeared Sunday afternoon. That meant no fishing Sunday, and based on what it looked like this morning (Monday) pictured below. The river still may not be fishable today and maybe Tuesday, likely the same for many of the trout streams in central Maryland.
What a yucky start to the Maryland trout season! Slow fishing, followed by tons of rain, then sleet, and snow. Just an awful start to a weekend many of us look forward to each year. Hopefully the coming weekends will present better fishing then this past one.
Who made it out before the heavy rain? Did you have any luck? Love to hear or see what was caught before the rivers turned to mud bowl in Maryland. Leave some pictures in comments with what your catch on opening day was!
Good luck to everyone headed out this week after the rivers start to go down some!