View Full Version : Interesting comment from Byron

05-06-2010, 09:59 PM
......about the Brook trout showing up in the lower elevations over in Cataloochie.I noticed the same thing happening in Lynn Camp Prong around the turn of the century where I started catching Brook trout around the Panther creek area where I used to catch only rainbows.Could the streams becoming more acidic be a factor?

Jim Casada
05-07-2010, 07:10 AM
Mora521--Specks are expanding their range in a number of areas in the Park. I can think of at least a half dozen streams on the N. C. side where specks are found appreciably lower down the stream than was the case 50 years ago in my boyhood. I strongly suspect stream acidification is a factor, but I also think that changed habitat could enter into the picture. There is much more overstory than there was 50 years ago, meaning less sun to warm the water. Or look at matters from the flip side--smallmouth bass are not nearly as widespread in the Park as they were half a century ago.
Jim Casada

No Hackle
05-07-2010, 10:48 AM
what about all the water the last year and a half, that had to displace some fish. It all flows down river and I feel that brought the fish with it.

Jim Casada
05-07-2010, 12:04 PM
Lynn--That may be a minor factor, but I don't think it is a significant one. Why? Because there have been comparable "water events" at least six or eight times over my adult years, and I did not see major speck displacement, stretching out over time, as a result of them. Perhaps more to the point, I was noticing appreciably wider speck distribution in some streams during the drought years two and three years ago.

However, one of the two biggest specks I ever saw caught in the Smokies, a 12 1/2 incher, was caught in Luftee at the mouth of Mingus Creek after a prolonged rain and some flooding. I suspect that's how it got to Luftee.

Jim Casada

05-07-2010, 02:22 PM
Maybe a good reason to start harvesting the bows and browns down low?

No Hackle
05-07-2010, 04:24 PM
Sorry I didnt really complete my thought maybe the lower temps that came with those rains had made the brookies able not to just go down stream but find it comfortable for their range of tolerance. My wife says some times I think things and I thinks Ive said them.
Thanks Jim, Lynn