2nd biggest surprise was landing about a 20 lb King Salmon in the Klawock River on POW island in Alaska. The river had less water flowing than the Provo in Summer. Supposedly the rivers are just too small for king salmon runs on the island.
I've caught a ton of smallmouth downstream from Yuba all the way to almost DMAD. (I probably shouldn't be mentioning it.) I believe that DWR planted some smallmouth in Yuba, but a bunch of them made it downstream into the lower sevier. I haven't caught any recently, but I know people who have.
I couldn't afford a pair of waders, so I bought a Hoodie Footie and 5 cans of Flex Seal. mmmmmm. Fuzzy.
I still take him fishing, he's got the senior get in free or discount for the parks.
Actually, my most interesting/surprising catch here in Utah was a 15 inch crappie I caught around the island in Deer Creek.
Doubt they will ever become a major part of the biomass in Deer Creek. Too many other top predators already in place...and just not enough forage for all the species in the lake. They occupy a different level than most of the other predators...besides trout...but with no significant supply of small fishies they more often serve as prey rather than as predators. Just like at East Canyon the trout find newly hatched crappies to be fine fodder so a lot of them disappear into the food chain before reaching slab size.
Just one more brookie........
My most surprising fish? hmmm, an old memory of catching a 24 1/2 inch brook trout while trespassing on private land when I was younger. They were swimming around right in front of me like they didn't care that I was even there.
I do not promote trespassing and I'm glad I didn't get caught but it's one of my greatest memories. I caught a big fish but was too afraid to tell anyone about it because I didn't want to get in trouble. I released it after a couple pics.
My biggest surprise was my bonefish,I was just casting a lure from my little boat,and all hell broke loose,caught on 6lb line
Thats what I especially love about fishing,the surprise catch.Congrats everyone PP.
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