Winners of 2011 Trout Photo Contest are not eligible. Winning photos in categories Big Fish, Kid Stuff and Artsy Shots will be published in the print and web editions of the May 20 outdoors page.
Richard Smith, 30, Robinson
24.5 inch, 6 pound 5 ounce steelhead trout
Caught on a minnow in Elk Creek, Erie.
Photo by Jackie Reichl
I spent the day fishing with salmon eggs, night crawlers and artificial lures with no luck. After five hours I took a break from fishing to get more bait and some coffee. Just to try something different, I bought a dozen minnows. After returning to my favorite spot, I noticed this guy chasing my minnow back to me on my second cast. I quickly re-cast and left the minnow near him, and he quite literally took the bait. I was using an ultralight rod with 4-pound test line, which meant that I had to be extra cautious while pulling him in so I wouldn't break the line. After 10 minutes of him jumping wildly and trying to wrap my line around another fisherman, I managed to pull him ashore.
Adam Slater, 11, Bethel Park
Native brook trout
Caught in Bear Creek, Accident, Md.
Adam holding a native trout he caught all by himself. His daddy told him it
is rare to catch one in a stocked stream.
Left to right: Adam Slater, 11, Dan Slater, Luke Slater, 9, of Bethel Park
Adam is holding a 12-inch golden rainbow caught in Bear Creek, Accident, Md.
Dan, proud daddy of his two fishermen, taught them everything they know.
We ate the trout that night.
Adam Slater, 11, of Bethel Park holding a 12-inch golden rainbow caught in Bear Creek, Accident, Md.
Left to right: Luke Slater, 9, and Adam Slater, 11, of Bethel Park with a 12-inch golden rainbow caught in Bear Creek, Accident, Md.
Adam spotted the trout in the creek. His rod had a snag, so he offered his younger brother $10 if he'd let him use his pole. Adam caught the golden rainbow on his brother's rod. He has yet to pay up.
Scroll down through PG Rod & Gun Club to find more Trout Photo Contest entries.