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Posted by Tim on July 22, 1997 at 16:55:54:

In Reply to: CATCH & RELEASE posted by TRAILBLAZER on July 22, 1997 at 12:04:10:

> To keep this discussion on a Catch & Release area on the 'Hooch going, I offer the following quote from a fisheries biologist from Arkansas on the value of C&R areas: "Our spring and summer electro-fishing samples in 1995 showed a five- to ten-fold INCREASE in the number of rainbow trout over sixteen inches in the catch & release zones. They(C&R zones)are really making a big difference" Wake up Georgia DNR!!

I could not agree with you more, and this should not be
limited to the Chattahoochie. There are several streams
throughout North GA that contain only wild stocks - no
new stockings in several years. These are obviously high
quality steams, able to sustain some trout population with
our state's current regulations. Put and take fishiing for stockers
is one thing, but there is no reason to allow a creel limit of 8
trout on these wild steams. The state should rethink the regulations
for all of our wild trout steams, making them artificial only, catch and
release. The quality of the fishery would greatly improve in both numbers
and size of fish. Is this not the goal of most sport fishermen?

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