Laurel Run, PA

From the first bridge to the dam!

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Outing Information

Start/End Time
7:00 to 9:00
Best Fishing Time
7:00 to 7:02
Water Temp
Water Clarity
Clear - 5'+ visibility
Water Level
Herb Yost

Fish Caught

Brook Trout

Caught Avg Size Pattern Optional Fields
1 11" #2 Silver
1 11"
Total: 1 fish Top Patterns: Unspecified (1)


Sunny X
None X
None X
Air Temp High/Low
52.0°F / 44.0°F
Wind Direction
Weather Front
29.97 rising
Moon Phase
7% Full (Waxing crescent)

Other Patterns Tried

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Insect Seining

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I decided to give Laurel Run a try this morning. It's close to my house and it's a nice place to take my rod for a walk. I knew I was breaking my number one rule for catching fish and that's to only fish where there are some fish to catch. I started at the first bridge over the run on the way to the park. I actually walked downstream from the bridge and fished almost up to the dam at Whipples. The first cast of the morning, I caught an 11 inch stocked brookie. I worked my way upstream and fished for two more hours and didn't catch another fish. I missed two and never saw any other trout. When I got fairly close to the dam there were three or four bait guys working their way downstream and fishing all the good holes, so I figured it was a waste of time and energy to keep fishing, so I walked back to the truck and came home.

Eyster only caught 28 more trout than I did this morning and of course my catch rate was 0.5 trout/hour. I can honestly say this was one of the least productive fishing trips I have had in the past five years. I think I will cross Laurel off my list of places to fish. I know Mike will say I should have fished it above the lake, but it's too small and too overgrown for me to have much success above the lake. In the words of the infamous Dave Foust, who was a football and basketball star at good old West York High, "I wanted to be challenged, but didn't want to be overwhelmed!"

I may try and get out again on Thursday morning, but I will pick a stream that actually has fish in it. It's tough to beat the LJ or Spring, even though they get a lot of fishing pressure. I also enjoy fishing them much more than I do fishing small streams like Laurel Run. You would think that Laurel stayes cold enough year round that it could be managed as a wild trout stream. Maybe it gets too low in the summer, because it is reduced to a trickle a lot of times in August.