Originally Posted by Flat Fly n
Why not just forget the trout, slot the smallies and turn the Holston into the river for big smallmouth, which is seems to be able to sustain without help from TWRA? Advertise that, and bring revenue into the area. Spend the trout money elsewhere on a more temperature consistant river.
If the hatcheries are truly going to suffer the lack of Federal funds then put the fish in a river where they are more apt to survive other than predation, and poachers, and not worry will the trout make it if someone catches one after June 30th.
Thinking the same thing. Instead of dumping buckets of pellet raised trout into a fishery that can only sustain them for short periods of the year, why not turn it into a place for big smallmouth and panfish for sportsman. Bass and bluegill are easy to grow. Look how well the smallmouth are doing in Douglas lake now that the Pigeon river is cleaning up and the smallmouth rearing pond on Henderson island. I would like TWRA to spend their money on securing property access areas and building and maintaining ramps on rivers like the Holston rather than providing meals of pellet trout.