Part of they key is their diet, which includes a lot of stocked trout. The lakes are also really clear, so tricking the bass is anything but easy.
Well, it seems like we might have something like that going on here.
My feature on today’s Roanoke Times Outdoors page was about an 11-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass pulled from little Douthat Lake on March 1. Chris Vess of Nicelytown, a little community near Clifton Forge, caught the fish on a tiny Mepps trout spinner and 4-pound-test line.
Douthat is stocked with trout. It’s got some bass, obviously, and I would suspect the bigger ones chow down on trout. This bass just looks like one of those fat California toads. I mean, it’s a relatively modest 23 1/2 inches long, but has a girth of 21 inches. Wow!
But it’s also usually really clear, so the bass are pretty tough.
As word of this catch spreads, I suspect it will draw some extra fishing attention over the next couple of months.
I have been fishing in Virginia for a long time and have never caught an 8-pound largemouth. My biggest was 6 1/2 to 7. It was 23 inches long but was nowhere near this fat.
How many of you have caught an 8-pounder in Virginia? Anyone here get one over 10 pounds? I’m betting very few of you, though maybe some of you Briery Creek devotees have. Fish that size are just extremely rare this far north.