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Old 03-27-2010, 02:12 PM
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When creeling fish is it best to go ahead and clean the fish or do you just put it in your creel as is?
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:45 PM
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I rarely kill fish, but when I do, I clean them right away. They are much easier to clean, and particularly the black vein on a trout's spine. Plus, if you clean them immediately, I believe they do not break down as fast.
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:04 PM
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I always clean a trout immediately if it is going to be kept.
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Old 03-27-2010, 10:48 PM
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Ice them down, then when I get home I rinse and clean.
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:11 PM
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I release wild trout, but ice stock trout.
Wild trout are so beautiful and hard to catch so I gently ease them back into the current if I am lucky enough to catch one.
Stock trout go in the skillet.
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:12 PM
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I have been wondering about this as well. I have never killed a wild trout, but plan to eat some (if I catch one big enough) while on an upcoming camping trip.

What do you do with the guts, throwing them in the stream doesn't seem right, throwing them on the bank doesn't seem right.
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:20 PM
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I saw some crows eating the fish scraps on the rocks this morning.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:37 AM
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If you leave the entrails in the stream, crayfish and hellbenders will take care of them overnight. Jim Casada
P.S. I've said this before but wil do so again. On most Park streams (where there are only wild trout) you are actually doing the fish a favor by keeping them. Most Park streams are overpopulated. Also, hatchery-raise fish cannot, unless they have been in a stream for a good while, hold a candle, taste-wise, to wild trout.
On the matter of ice, I guess that's fine, but it isn't exactly a readily available comodity when fishing in the backcountry. As to when to clean trout, in cool weather it isn't necessary to do it immediately. In warm weather it isn't a bad idea, although I'm not going to stop all fishing to do this. I don't creel fish every time I go, but I will conesss, and not shamefacedly, that over 60+ years of fishing in the Park, I've robably kept over 2000 limits (strting at 10, then 7, then 5 fish). Jim Casada
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you are actually doing the fish a favor by keeping them.

Can I ask what you base that statement on?
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:16 PM
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Can I ask what you base that statement on?
Growth studies. Pretty much all of the streams in the Smokies the trout stunt. By keeping a few, you reduce competition and allow the others to grow to a little larger size.
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