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Thread: Question about keeping fish that you catch in GSMNP

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    Some people really don't like for anyone to keep a wild trout, especially a brook. I got some pretty "heated" feedback at another forum for eating a wild brook.
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    I don't have a problem with someone keeping a couple for the skillet. Personally, I don't like the taste of trout so I don't eat them. My wife has a great recipe for oven-fried bluegill.
    I can understand some getting upset at eating wild trout- someone once said fish don't grow any more while doing the backstroke in Crisco. Maybe that is what they were thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifish4wildtrout View Post
    Some people really don't like for anyone to keep a wild trout, especially a brook. I got some pretty "heated" feedback at another forum for eating a wild brook.
    People seem to get heated pretty easily on that board

    LRO Board is so much kinder and gentler - unless you have to hear from the "Arm & Hammer"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stana Claus View Post
    BTW, if you do keep a couple for the pan, after you remove the entrails run your thumbnail (or a spoon or some such) the length of the spine to remove the large blood vessel that will remain there behind a membrane. I find that doing so before cooking helps make them taste better.
    I was trying to give the easy peasy lemon squeezy version but Mr. Claus is correct. I do this as well but figured that a newbie might not want to...

    Quote Originally Posted by duckypaddler View Post
    People seem to get heated pretty easily on that board
    You don't say...
    I very rarely keep any fish whatsoever but if I do, you can bet it's going to be a couple of fat brook trout. Sorry but they just taste the best especially with some lemon and butter... however, I feel that I now need to also experience the Southern style 'cornmeal special' as well...

    Tight Lines,

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckypaddler View Post
    I'm pretty sure their data concluded fisherman had no impact on the fish. Hence the reason we can now catch & eat Brookies. I took the monster Brookie that I tore up when removing the hook and 4 big rainbows home yesterday My buddy ran by this morning to pick them up and feasted on them tonight for dinner.

    The easiest way to learn to clean a trout besides having someone show you is to simply watch a you tube video. That's what I did.

    That's right Ducky and that data is probley 12 to 15 years old. Just shows you that our fisheries dept. in the Smokys want to get it right. They make sure their data backs up everything. Not just a shot in the dark.
    Lynn

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    I think the wild rainbows are the best eating fish. I really don't care for the Specs. IMO.
    Lynn

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    In my 50+ years of fishing in the park I know they have tried to "fish" our the waters of Tremont at least twice...the last time they poisened the stream after the fishout days...years earlier they were trying to rid the stream of bows by requiring that all fish no matter what size but brook trout were to be kept and brought out....the next year was the best fishing number wise and size wise that this stream had seen...the biologist will tell you that these streams do no have an over abundance of food and there is only a specific amount that is available to these fish....without some harvesting of the locals the result is a large number of small fish fighting for a limited amount of food....the average size right now is up due to the effects of the recent droughts on the number of fish....with less fish there is more food available to the remaining fish which allows for more growth per fish...and last but not least the smaller fish do taste the best.

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    I keep a few on infrequent occasions and when I do , they go into my smoker. Really tasty!!

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckypaddler View Post
    People seem to get heated pretty easily on that board

    LRO Board is so much kinder and gentler - unless you have to hear from the "Arm & Hammer"
    I call some of them over there pouncers. They usually do not have much to say then they pounce on you for saying that the Atlantic Ocean has fish in it.

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    Where is this other board you all speak of?
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    800 miles North of the country's best wild trout fishing

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