Re: CATCH/RELEASE REPLY
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Posted by Hooker on July 28, 1997 at 22:02:02:
In Reply to: CATCH/RELEASE REPLY posted by TRAILBLAZER on July 27, 1997 at 22:00:40:
Call the DNR at 770-784-3059 and speak
to a fisheries biologist, and ask them. These are
the people I talk to, and I'm confident that they
are not giving me bad info.
Where do all those trophies come from? The 5%
gets to be cumulative over time. If 10,000 trout
are holdovers every year, after several years, the
numbers get to be significant. For example, that
12 pounder caught by Joe Canella at the dam has
been in the river since 1990. Now certainly, once
a trout gets past its first year, it doesn't live
forever. It is still subject to predators, pollution,
and accidents. However, by the time a trout gets this
large, it has found a feeding method that minimizes
its exposure to danger.On the Hooch, I think most of
the big trout feed at night when all the gates are
locked and the river is too high to fish safely. About
the only time I am consistently successful on big trout
is during the spawn when love takes a back seat to caution,
and they start getting active during the daytime when the
water gets low.
It is my understanding that the only trout that are
currently going in the river below Morgan Falls is a few
Browns to keep that trophy area alive. The days of heavy
stocking below Morgan Falls is over now that the Stripers
have started reproducing on their own.
Also, I agree with you. I get tired of catching 6"-8"
fish, but there are a lot of anglers that only buy a license
so they can go to the river, catch 10 stockers, and
take them home to eat. Unfortunatly, I think there are more
of them than there is of us. The Hooch is a multi-use stream,
and the DNR has to sell licenses to remain justified. Also the
C&R area would have to be quite large, because trout do move a lot.
However,the big problem with the Hooch is water quality.
It contains low pH water and it is simply not capable of supporting
large numbers of trout. Read Schwieberts', "TROUT", book three, chapter
three, starting on page 461, and you'll see what I'm talking about.
So with all that said, the Chattahoochee is still a great river and
there are still places on the Hooch with large numbers of 13" to 15"+ fish.
Send me your phone number and I'll take you to some of them, and we can
talk some more about C&R.
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