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View Poll Results: Harvesting Brown Trout?
No one shoud harvest a brown trout! 15 35.71%
One brown trout a day could be harvested if in the slot! 8 19.05%
More than one brown trout a day could be harvested if in the slot! 0 0%
Brown trout should not be harvest during spawing season (Oct.-Dec.) 20 47.62%
The creel limits should stay the same (2011) 5 11.90%
Brown trout harvested on bait means should be minimized to one-fish per day 7 16.67%
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:54 PM
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I was just curious on what the opinions of LRO Members would be in regards to harvesting brown trout.

It is well known that the South Holston is the only tail-water that brown trout can adequately reproduce without extending stocking of fingerlings.

However; all of the other TVA tail-waters need significant stocking of brown trout to retain their catch-ability in tail-waters. From my 200-350 fishing trips in the last five years on the Clinch; I have noted that brown trout consist of 5-10% of my catches on a fly reel.

In contrast; I have observed numerous catches of brown trout on live bait and bait imitations. Many of these catches consist of significant sized brown trout.

From my observations and experience; I think brown trout should be limited at one-fish per day regardless of size and non-take rule established from October-January 1.

I welcome others opinions and I would like to read the pros and cons from anyone that wants to reply. I am not trying to inspire a debate. I just want to elicit opinions on how we can make our trout fisheries more sustainable and beneficial to all that participate.

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Old 11-15-2011, 09:15 AM
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I am not for killing of any trout, unless they are the pellet head stocker rainbows with no fins.

The ironic thing for me is I have no issues killing deer, turkeys, grouse, doves, crappie, sauger, and walleye. I kill tons of stuff each year, but for some reason I have a soft spot for trout.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:43 AM
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I am not for killing of any trout, unless they are the pellet head stocker rainbows with no fins.

The ironic thing for me is I have no issues killing deer, turkeys, grouse, doves, crappie, sauger, and walleye. I kill tons of stuff each year, but for some reason I have a soft spot for trout.
Maybe it is that you subconsciously appreciate their struggle to survive in most of our local stocked waters and that they cannot adequately reproduce to maintain the take/death rate in most TN tailwaters(?)
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:49 AM
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I don't normally kill any trout. I also think that if someone wants to eat one every now then they should be able too, provided they have a fishing license and they follow the slot-limit regulations.

I also was wondering why the only place trout adequately reproduce is in the South Holston? I am also wondering why the TVA and TWRA don't establish minimum flow rates on the tailwaters. It seems to have worked on places like the Frying Pan, South Platte and the San Juan, just to name a few. My guess is that answer is money.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:21 PM
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If you want trout for dinner theres a nice place in Bristol called the troutdale
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:04 PM
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Everyone should be able to do as they please, this is America.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:27 PM
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Haven't harvested one in many years, so I guess I'm in the live and let live category.

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