Posted by Hooker on April 14, 1997 at 18:27:00:
In Reply to: Re: Chattahoochee stripers posted by JK on April 14, 1997 at 08:28:34:
: : : : Hooker,
: : : : Although I as well have not noticed a decline in
: : : : trout population, I do find it humorous that
: : : : you describe a "good" lure to use as
: : : : "trout colored crankbaits"
: : :
: : : Another proof that Darwin was right! There are too many
: : : trout in the "Hooch" as it is, and stupid stockers are
: : : Stripers favorite food. That's why there is a better quality
: : : trout below Morgan Falls.Survival Of the fittest.
: : : The DNR got on the right track when they started stocking
: : : in February this year. Those trout had a chance to
: : : acclimate to natural food instead of corn, grow
: : : a little, and also become a little wary.
: : : The BIG question though is what about the rice eels?
: : : Tight Lines and Striper Fever,
: : :
: : : Hooker ;-]
: :::: What the hell are rice eels?
Some idiot decided that they were tired of looking at their Japanese
Rice Eels in their aquarium, so they decided to release them in the
Chattahoochee Nature Center Pond. They escaped out the overflow pipes
and now there is a breeding population in the "Hooch". The problem
is that they are a predator in the same catagory as the Shoal Bass.
Also, they are prolific breeders and could displace the bass population
and seriously impact the trout.
Well, guess what, a Stripers second favorite food is? EELS. So instead
of cussing the Striper, we all may be in indebted to Mr. Linesides for
for holding the eel populations in check and saving our fabulous Trout fishery.
What an interesting twist to the story.
Isn't mother nature wonderful!!!
I guess we'll just have to wait and see on this one.
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