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Old 07-21-2014, 08:33 PM
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Exclamation Buffalo Creek wild trout?!

I visit buffalo creek in grainger county every once in a while when I want to catch a couple stockers for the frying pan, my friend and I took a trip Sunday to see what few fish we could manage. Now we in the past have caught some VERY small trout. I'm talking fingerlings, dare I say "wild size" rainbows. I never thought anything about it.

But sunday when we went we caught an absolute ton of small trout. Anywhere from 3" and up. We caught prolly 8 stockers between us hit we double that number each in SMALL trout.

These trout had no fins clipped, no fins that were ruffed up from hatchery walls or tanks. I've noticed this in years past and never put anything in it. But I found it hard to believe that they would stock fingerlings in such a terrible excuse for a trout stream, even and put and take, hatchery supported stream at that.

And we missed half as many more than we caught. But I decided to take some pictures and post them to see what everyone thought and to hear what y'all had to say. Idk what to believe. I mean that creek is cold enough and oxygen and pH levels must be sufficient enough for trout seeing how they have a hatchery a few hundred yards up stream. Whether they stock fingerlings to see if they survive or if holdovers survive and have successful spawns. Or if trout from the holston swim upstream and do their business and be successful. Idk. My knowledge of how this stuff works is elementary at best.







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Old 07-21-2014, 08:43 PM
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It's really hard to tell, but those appear wild and I don't think they raise fingerlings there. I don't see TWRA hauling fish in from elsewhere to stock that stream.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:39 PM
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I mean to me they looked like wild fish but who knows. I would think they would raise fingerlings, seeing as how that's the only fish they have on hand. But I'm not for sure. It's just surprising for me to see all this fish this size and have the wild traits.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:52 PM
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Its been a couple years sine I've been there. I remember catching more fingerlings than anything. I just figured the hatchery put them there
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