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  1. #1
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    I had an opportunity to fish the Caney Fork this weekend, and I am glad to say that the river looks to be doing well. Even with the dry weather recently, we still found trout that were eager to feed, and I think that the regulated minimum flow is really helping out. The average size of the fish we caught was a great improvement from over the summer. It seems as if the average size of the fish is on the rise.

    We also saw a lot of spawning activity. There are multiple spots throughout the river where there were trout sitting on the beds. If anyone who knows the river better than I can, can you offer some information on if there is any natural spawning on the Caney?

    Thanks,

    Zac

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    My understanding is their is no natural reproduction on the Caney. The stocked fish will holdover from year to year but no reproduction. I guess they try and spawn but something about the makeup of the river bottom prevents success. Someone with more knowledge might have a better explanation.

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    This has been a very debatable topic for years.

    I firmly believe trout in our tailwaters can and do reproduce. I cannot speak specifically to the Caney, but the Clinch has a fairly successful spawn each year.

    I'm sure you can do a search in this forum and find several threads on it.
    Adam
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    All the fish will still go through the spawning ritual but stocked hatchery raised fish are intentionally sterile. 1 in 1000 (made up estimate) may reproduce, but they stock more than 1000. So eventually you can end up with some repro at a rate that can increase with favorable conditions. Most stocked trout I have cut open are full of eggs, even rainbows in fall and winter

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