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Old 08-26-2010, 08:47 AM
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Default Rainbow with eggs, 8-25-10

So as the title of the post states, I was on the Little River yesterday with some folks, and one of the guys caughht aa nice 11 inch rainbow he wanted to keep. I have no problem with folks keeping fish, so he kept it and I cleaned it for him. As soon as I slit the body open I noticed 2 long pouches of eggs inside the trout. Not only did the fish have eggs which I thought was odd, but the eggs were very developed. Big, round, yellow eggs... I have heard that some strains of bows spawn in the fall, and I have heard that none of our bows are that strain.. Could we actually have a fall spawn of bows in the GSMNP??
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:40 PM
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I just gutted 2 rainbows and they both had eggs. Not caught in the GSMNP, but in a NC wild stream.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:57 PM
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I caught one in the park two weeks ago with eggs...I ate those too.
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I caught one in the park two weeks ago with eggs...I ate those too.
Rainbow trout egg omelet?
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:11 AM
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Crappie here on the lakes have egg sacks now that will be laid in March or so but you can tell they don't look as formed when you catch them in the Fall/ Winter as theydo in February.
The eggs are great, you batter and pan fry the whole egg sack or either scramble them with cheese and a scrambled hen egg.
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Rainbow trout egg omelet?
Nope, just had them on the side. They seem to make me think more like a fish.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:48 AM
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50 years ago when I first started fishing in the Park fishing was only allowed from April 15 through September 15...knowing that I have caught fish with mature looking eggs close to each date I just assumed it was to protect that spawning seasons at each end....never could really get an answer to the closed season.
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Nope, just had them on the side. They seem to make me think more like a fish.
Now that's what I'm missing then. I just need to think more like a fish. Maybe if I ate caviar I'd think like a sturgeon...
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Now that's what I'm missing then. I just need to think more like a fish. Maybe if I ate caviar I'd think like a sturgeon...
Be careful to not let your thinking like a fish go too far. We don't need something to get crossed up where the fish start thinking like us.
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:18 PM
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I have seen rainbows spawning in November on the Caney Fork. I know these are stocked fish, but it seemed odd. I have also seen brown trout full of huge eggs in late January on the Caney Fork.....

I guess the rainbow trout in New Zealand are spawning soon.....
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