Editor’s note: This is with a hearty thanks to Tim Jeffrey and all the folks at the blossoming Huff Creek Watershed Association who’ve passed on this story and photos to the Banner. The Association has been fundraising, hosting cleanup days and youth trout fishing events as well as working with WVDEP and DNR on some experimental brown trout fingerlings for the stream. They’ve surely inspired one eleven-year old girl of the community to go fishing often. She targeted one particular big brown trout that apparently ran upstream looking for a place to fall spawn, eventually landing the trophy. She provided the following handwritten account with only slight editing from her family and this corner.
My Fishing Experience
Hi. My name is Janetta Lusk and I’m going to tell you about some of my summer fun. In the summer of 2012, the fish stocking company came up the hollow where I live and stocked trout in the little creek in front of my house. There is a little culvert and a hole of water damned up there. Several fish are in it. I started out there fishing with my fishing pole.
Several times I caught small fish but I still wanted to catch the brown trout that was swimming around in the hole. I used several different kinds of bait, to name a few: meal worms, wieners and minnows. Almost every day I would get out of bed in the morning, have breakfast and go fishing. I love to fish and got excited trying to catch this one fish, a big trout.
I wanted to catch it so bad that I kept trying and never gave up. So one recent day my dad and I went fishing down the hollow. I caught some small fish and he brought me back home. I got my fishing pole and went back out fishing by myself to the hole of water where the trout is. I caught a small minnow then had dad take it off my hook and put it in my dog’s water bowl to keep it alive.
Then later I came over to my front porch and my papaw Leslie got the minnow out of the dog’s bowl and put it back on my hook and I went fishing again using the minnow for bait. I was standing on the bank holding my fishing pole but by this time the minnow bait was dead. So I started moving my fishing pole a little bit to jiggle the minnow and the big trout took the bait.
It jerked my fishing pole hooking the trout. I reeled it in and it fell on the ground. I was so excited I ran to tell dad about catching the fish. A friend of mine took the fish off the hook and packed it over to show my dad, mom and papaw. My entire family was so happy for me that it makes me so happy too. My mom took several pictures of me and dad and the trout.
Dad said he was going to get my fish mounted for me. My fish weighed one pound, three ounces and was 15-inches long. So this is my exciting fishing story.
Sincerely, Janetta Lusk.
— This is the third such exciting youth, big brown trout angling experience from Huff and Buffalo Creeks in the past year. We hope there are more to follow. An historical account of the Buffalo Creek trout project appears in Bob Fala’s book Ramblin’ Outdoors, available at the Banner office or online at Woodland Press.