When you are creek fishing, the term "chub" mostly refers to two species: The Fallfish, and the Creek Chub. All are excellent fish to catch.
Creek Chubs live mostly in small to medium-sized streams, but they sometimes live in lakes too. They prefer clear to slightly cloudy water with a gravel bottom, and I have found them common around beaver dams and other natural. They often stack up in deeper, more protected pools.
Adults are slender with a large dark spot at the front of the dorsal fin and a smaller dark spot at the base of the tail fin. Their total body length ranges from 12 to 18 cm (30 cm maximum). The head is broad and has a large mouth with a small barbel above the upper lip. They are dark olive colored with a dark strip. The fins are yellowish with 8 to 9 dorsal-fin rays, 7 to 9 anal-fin rays, 8 pelvic-fin rays, and 13 to 18 pectoral-fin rays.
To breed, a Creek Chub will create a breeding pit made out of pebbles, with his mouth . Once he is finished the male chub will defend his nest from other males. A female will arrive and the two fish will mate. The female chub will lay about 25 to 50 eggs in the pit. The male will bury the eggs with gravel and both fish would leave. .Creek Chubs can live up to eight years, but most do not (predators, diseases, man made causes, etc). They do not thrive in streams with stronger and constant current. They are able to tolerate moderately high turbidity if there is enough gravel substrate for spawning.
They consume aquatic insects, insects that fall into the water, small crustaceans, smaller fish, and amphibians. They often take shelter under rocks and aquatic plants, such as wild rice. Larger fish and birds often prey upon them. In Clarksville, smallmouth bass are predators.
While they are a favored bass baitfish, they are not commonly used for any other fish. They are not commonly eaten, either.
The current world record for these fish is 11 oz., by Hunter Pitt(white shirt) of Nebraska. It was a foot long. However, they didn't catch it in some picturesque rapid, but rather a creek. There are many creeks spread all around this beautiful country. Who knows, perhaps the "Lunker" is swimming in your backyard.
Here is one of quite a few emails we have gotten from readers this month. Thank you for reading our blog! We appreciate the support. Since we feel that this is a rather common question, after the writer agreed, we decided to do an article on this.
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"Thank for this blog! It's wonderful! I am getting back to fishing, and would love to fish for trout. But I am on a very strict budget as a student, and don't have much time to practice or tune my equipment. Can you recommend a complete fishing setup for 35 bucks? Thanks."
Thanks for reading the blog. $35 bucks. That's hard to work with, but not impossible. Fly fishing requires more money, and takes much practice, so it's out of the question. But spin fishing for trout is possible. Here are my choices:
For a rod and rod, I suggest you get the Shakespeare Micro 7' Spinning Combo. For about $29 at Walmart, it's a great deal. I have owned a few, and strongly liked the Micro. It's sensitive, long (good for longer casts and hook setting power, and lure maneuvering), with a nice cork handle, and the reel isn't too bad.
Plus, the Micro is already prespooled with 4lb Stren Original, an excellent line.
That leaves us with $5. I suggest you buy the Trout Magnet Combo Kit, and then the Mealworm color. Trout Magnets are very effective trout jigs, and have caught me plenty of small bass and panfish, too. Since they are jigs, they are cheaper than spinners, and no special presentations are needed (just dead drift or twitch)
I hope that helps, and good luck fishing!
When you put down the rods for the winter, sometimes leaving it until a spring fishing trip isn't such as good idea.
During the spring fishing season, it's hard to find time to do the routine maintenance that should be done. With trout stocking beginning (stocked trout disappear - quickly!) all over the state, and the fish start warming up to more bites after the winter, it's hard to find the time to buy a new spool of fishing line, or re oil your fishing reels. And friends calling you up for a trip, and you aching to be on the water again after a long season of inactivity, there really is little time to do some maintenance, and as a result, you lose your prize lunker.
1. The first thing you need to do is to change your fishing line. After a season's wear and tear, there's bound to be some nicks and tears. It would be terrible to lose that 4lb wild brown trout in the Patapsco because of line damage. Remember, yor line is only as strong as it's weakest link.
2. When you do replace your fishing line, make sure it's is of good quality. Good mono filament and braided line ay be expsive, but it will save you plenty of time and trouble in the long run.
It also pays to lubricate your fishing reels. Your reel needs oil and grease to run smoothly. Your fishing reel came with factory oil and grease when you bought it, but sometimes it's better to re-oil and re-grease after a long season.
3. Hooks will rust and dull after time. Dull hooks won't set the hook as well as sharp hooks, and lunkers will be spooked after a failed hook-set.
Hi. I am Ian, an extremely avid bass fisherman living in Howard County, MD. I like to bank fish and fish at local ponds and small creeks. I will explore budget friendly options for people to use in this blog. I hope I can teach you something.