Posted by Pat Pattillo on April 10, 1997 at 06:53:04:
In Reply to: Stream-bred rainbows? posted by Doug Phillips on April 07, 1997 at 00:14:31:
: Doug, the predominate trout in Georgia are rainbows. These trout are desendants of fish that were stocked in the 30's through North Georgia. Almost any stream that can sustain trout has a population of wild rainbows. Most are small but larger ones are there. Try any stocked stream upstream from the easy access points or ant stream desiginated for artificials only. Noontootla creek contains a good population of wild rainbows and browns. Ther is a 16 inch minimum on this stream making it virtually catch and release but it is a lot of fun! Also almost all of the smaller streams in the National forest have native rainbows. Good luck..I am from Pennsylvania, and fish small mountain streams catching native brookies. Most run in the 3 - 7 inch range, any over 10 inches are considered monsters. I used to work with a guy from northern GA who claimed he caught "native" (meaning stream-bred I would think) rainbows. Another friend says he doesn't believe there are any self-sustaining trout populations in GA. Can anyone tell me which is the case. I don't want anyone giving away secrets, but If you can name a stream with stream bred rainbows I would appreciate it.
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