Is it cool to ask someone "Where did you catch that?"
Seriously though, I don't mind sharing... From what I've seen over the years people who put their time in and understand what they have to do to catch fish, catch fish again and again. Someone else can go to their spot and get skunked time and time again.
I really believe that 20 percent of the fishermen catch 80 percent of the fish - and they can do it 8 out of 10 times on the water.
If someone asks me that question, and I know them, I'll tell them the lake. Otherwise my usual answer is "up north".
It's kind of like if somebody says to you, "I got a really good deal on this truck or car..." Do you ask how much? Maybe.
I still think that it can be very awkward. That's why I don't usually ask if I just sort of know the guy. Especially if a guy doesn't want to say where it was caught. Kind of ends the conversation with nowhere to go from there. And then it's hard to talk fishing after that in some ways. A small lake is one that is really protected by fisherman.
I know I've shown pictures to people in the past and was hoping they didn't ask where I caught it. I'm not gonna lie if they do. I might be vague, but won't steer them in a place that is a waste of their time. Sometimes it takes a long time to finally find that good fishing spot and, I want to keep it to friends and family. But, sometimes it's just fun to share pics. Just hope they don't ask where.....
rinse and repeat.