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MadisonBoats
04-10-2012, 08:47 AM
Rainbow Trout-Spawning (Info.) 4/10/12
I just wanted to remind those that are interested that rainbow trout are spawning on the Clinch and many other tailwaters right now. Be careful of walking on/over the redds. Also; be mindful of releasing the females that are full of eggs. I was filming yesterday and a guy walked right over a redd. He asked if I noticed those fish fighting.:rolleyes:

I don't think this is a huge issue in respect to the whole scope of survival for the fish. However; I just wanted to remind others....

I have some underwater video and some other video to post later...

Here is a reference image from http://www.conservationinc.net/our-work to help illustrate a redd.

http://www.conservationinc.net/wp-content/uploads/Spawning-Brown-trout-300x200.jpg

Knothead
04-10-2012, 04:12 PM
a guy walked right over a redd. He asked if I noticed those fish fighting.:rolleyes:
Sounds like his shoe size is bigger than his IQ.

waterwolf
04-10-2012, 09:14 PM
Awesome picture, and where is Bfish when you need him to tell us this isn't possible.

Or for that matter, TWRA and their infinite wisdom of coldwater fisheries.

MadisonBoats
04-11-2012, 08:16 AM
Awesome picture, and where is Bfish when you need him to tell us this isn't possible.

Or for that matter, TWRA and their infinite wisdom of coldwater fisheries.
Jim,
My understanding of the TWRA's stance is that the trout do spawn and reproduce on the Clinch. However; the depletion rate is more than the reproduction rate due to various factors. If it were not stocked; it would be a finicky river to fish.:smile:

Here is a video I shot Monday. It illustrates the three zones of the water column if you watch closely. Also; you will notice many of the females swollen with eggs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zpWKno4RPM&feature=plcp&context=C4a869feVDvjVQa1PpcFOkgXF_k-FAeHqlCVGh3Le5Nhn5GRc5RAM%3D (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zpWKno4RPM&feature=plcp&context=C4a869feVDvjVQa1PpcFOkgXF_k-FAeHqlCVGh3Le5Nhn5GRc5RAM%3D)

Sounds like his shoe size is bigger than his IQ. I don't think he was aware of it at the moment.

Wilson10
04-11-2012, 10:19 AM
Cool video shawn, thx

Wade Blevins
04-11-2012, 10:23 AM
Amazing footage. Those are some nice fish too!

Rodonthefly
04-11-2012, 10:40 AM
pretty cool man, did you catch any?

MadisonBoats
04-11-2012, 10:58 AM
pretty cool man, did you catch any?

Yeah, I landed a few of the meatier ones.:biggrin: However; they were being finicky on this day and I had to actually use some split shot to hit the bottom layer. It was a challenge as I was not prepared to do that and my rig kept coming up with tons of vegetation. The smaller fish were actively taking midges (emergers) just below the surface. The larger fish were holding on the bottom layer and taking larger nymphs with a selective take...

To clarify; most of the larger fish in this video are in the 12-15" range. Notice the abnormal dimpling in the females' bellies.:eek:

Note: If you have a fast connection; be sure and change the video setting to 480p and use a larger window to get the best views.

Rodonthefly
04-11-2012, 12:00 PM
Yeah, I landed a few of the meatier ones.:biggrin: However; they were being finicky on this day and I had to actually use some split shot to hit the bottom layer. It was a challenge as I was not prepared to do that and my rig kept coming up with tons of vegetation. The smaller fish were actively taking midges (emergers) just below the surface. The larger fish were holding on the bottom layer and taking larger nymphs with a selective take...

To clarify; most of the larger fish in this video are in the 12-15" range. Notice the abnormal dimpling in the females' bellies.:eek:

Note: If you have a fast connection; be sure and change the video setting to 480p and use a larger window to get the best views.

Try using tungsten beads if you don't already, also florocarbon is well worth the extra money as well.

psnapp
04-11-2012, 04:52 PM
Outstanding video. Thanks, Shawn!

Dances with Trout
04-11-2012, 06:24 PM
Cool video.:cool:

God Bless,
Dances with Trout

Corbo
04-11-2012, 08:09 PM
Wicked awesome video Shawn!

Your underwater videos dispel so many of my notions and confirm others.

For example most people believe trout ALWAYS rise to the surface with their nose pointed into the current.

appalachian angler
04-15-2012, 03:03 PM
In reference to the original intent of this post, I propose a question: Wondering if we have several different strains of rainbows in the Clinch? It seems that we have already experienced one spawning (attempt) by the 'bows earlier in the year as witnessed by many folks in the "creeks" up high. Seems that I have noticed lately alot of fat females but didn't notice any fresh redds up and around millers' . I simply attributed this to fish gorging post extremely high river flows of the recent past. I always fight fish fast, and release quickly, so I hadn't witnessed any females squeezing eggs in my personal care.

Thank you Shawn for the heads up on this recent phenom. I will be more vigilent while traversing the stream bottom per that info!

Mike