Posted by Joe Webb on April 13, 1997 at 21:53:30:
I have been fishing for trout in the area for about 6 years or so and
have really enjoyed it. I have spent much time at trophy streams, both
Water's Ck. and now Duke's Ck. I have also fished many small streams such
as the West Fork of the Montgomery and Etowah headwaters, Jones and such.
I must say that the opportunity to catch a large trout adds excitement if
not just variety. I fished Water's Ck. twice this season. It is nothing like
it used to be. I fished it quite a bit last year and although there were no
trophy fish, it held some very healthy and exciting fish. Now that Duke's Ck.
is available it seems that Water's does not get much(enough) attention.
Along with that, there don't seem to be any plans to further develop opportunities
for the growth of sportfishing for trout. I have never fished the Hooch in Atlanta
but have heard of the crowding. There must be some way to increase opportunities for
trout angling while also introducing more people into fishing for sport rather than
just filling a creel. Somehow DNR needs to be know how many people are interested in
sportfishing for trout, not just stripers and various bass species.
I have spoken to individuals about some possibilities for this(some ideas):
Smith Ck. below Anna Ruby Falls manaaged as catch and release(has a good population of
stream born fish and the occasional large fish wash down)
Helen; Develop a C&R area which could be restricted from tubing(could be a great boost
to tourism... maybe not as much as tubing but a year round classification could add
Manage portions of Dick's Ck. for slot limits or delayed harvest similar to N. Carolina
Any other ideas? How to get enough support to make improvements?
Satisfied but things could be better.
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