Re: CATCH & RELEASE


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Posted by Paul on August 13, 1997 at 15:57:36:

In Reply to: Re: CATCH & RELEASE posted by Hooker on July 22, 1997 at 22:03:05:

>I see so many "purist" scoffing and commenting about the "trout killers"
> taking stockers out of the river. I'm personally glad they do remove these fish
> because the river is grossly overstocked anyway, and by removing these "extra" fish,
> they make more food and shelter available for the trophy fish and improve the condition
> of the trout herd.

> Hooker

Hooker:

I am intrigued by the fact that your apparently
"contrarian" view on this issue makes more sense
to me than the "traditional" view that catch and
release creates trophy fish. I don't kill fish
unless I intend to eat them, but you have made a
good case for culling out the weaklings. Perhaps
C&R for larger fish would be an appropriate
compromise.

If the lack of calcium carbonate is responsible
for the stream's infertility, etc. would it be
reasonable for DNR to truck in a few loads of
crushed limestone in a few places from time to
time? Certainly crushed limestone is not any
worse than the other stuff folks are dumping in
the river, and creating a more "complete range" of
nutrients might even help clean up the river in
a small degree.

Any thoughts from the educated crowd?

Paul


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