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  • #76
    I have always wondered the quality of the trout meat. This is actually one of the reasons why i haven't ever harvested one from the hooch except for near the dam when they were fresh stockers, and that was years ago. Thanks for the info guys, I am going to read it and decide if I will have fish fry after DH is done.

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    • #77
      Looks good..... But

      Well I still would never trust to eat fish from the hooch. I am sure that if the bacteria levels are low you sure could eat up. Ummm. I still am very leary of the levels of mercury, farm chems., ETC. I know that the arguement is you would have to eat well enough fish to get to those levels. I just don't feel like risking it. If I want fish I usally go get farm rasied. Cleaner more controlled. I don't even like to much wild salmon. Love the taste of it but we did watch the amount my wife ate before my daughters birth.

      Good luck..... Does the fish from the hooch smell fishy when you eat it?
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      • #78
        Originally posted by Myownchef View Post
        ..... Does the fish from the hooch smell fishy when you eat it?
        Smells like chicken.
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        • #79
          Originally posted by zacmac2112 View Post
          From what i have heard, the issue with the upper hooch is that there is not enough food and too many small browns competing for it. In bass ponds wildlife managers often reccomend culling out small fish to allow more food for larger fish. supply and demand
          This is common with any situation with insufficient habitat and/or food. Natural reproduction tends to result in over population and an abundance of small fish. The only way to alleviate the problem is to thin out the population of juveniles or increase food supply. On the pond I fish, I will "brain" the small bass and feed them to the alligator snappers. I also like to fry up the gills and crappie to help things
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          • #80
            ...

            From what i have heard, the issue with the upper hooch is that there is not enough food and too many small browns competing for it. In bass ponds wildlife managers often reccomend culling out small fish to allow more food for larger fish. supply and demand
            Sounds logical, although couldn't those same fish become the bait...

            Keep in mind that trophy brown trout are not going to be caught with regularity because they are largely nocturnal, and scholarly when compared to the rainbow. Upon growing a certain size a trout will become cannibalistic. You're not going to catch or hear of people catching trophy trout on dries, nymphs, or midges often. It doesn't mean large fish are not present, however.


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            • #81
              Originally posted by Musselwhite View Post
              Sounds logical, although couldn't those same fish become the bait...
              Musselwhite
              When they are smaller, certainly. But I would think it's going to take a real monster brown to eat one 7"-9" long.

              I've been staying away from the small browns in the upper tailwater and concentrating on put and take streams for the occasional pan fried dinner, mostly to avoid upsetting people. But if it is the general consensus that some of them need to be thinned, I'd certainly be happy to fry up a few of those 9 inchers now and then.
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              • #82
                C&R what ever do you meanHeck I keep all my fish.I usually keep a stringer with me and every trout I catch I'll put it on the stringer and every time I get a bigger one I take the smaller one off and replace it with the bigger one.I guess you can call that catch and Release.I just don't understand but when I do release the smaller ones they go belly up.
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                • #83
                  yahoo's

                  A couple topics in this post here.

                  First, Yahoos.... I was fishing the DH a couple weeks ago and had a guy who apparently wanted to get downstream faster than me so walked right through my fishing lane, walking within 5 ft of my indicator! I did not want to spoil his opportunity to actually come in contact with my line so I tossed a cast at him..... Still amazing to me in a river that is 200ft wide and easily waded that a moron would either be a) so ignorant, or b) so rude as to not respect others. I am sure this fellow is a great human outside of fishing (not...).

                  Second, the DH is C&R Nov-May, right?

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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by motorbobb View Post
                    Second, the DH is C&R Nov-May, right?
                    Yes, C&R and single hook artifical only. DH season runs from November 1st through May 15th if I am not mistaken.
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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by scallen2112 View Post
                      When they are smaller, certainly. But I would think it's going to take a real monster brown to eat one 7"-9" long.

                      I've been staying away from the small browns in the upper tailwater and concentrating on put and take streams for the occasional pan fried dinner, mostly to avoid upsetting people. But if it is the general consensus that some of them need to be thinned, I'd certainly be happy to fry up a few of those 9 inchers now and then.
                      There is certainly not a consensus. There are many dynamics at play in this ecosystem. Thinking that WE need to help shape a population is funny to me. Keeping fish is a selective pressure that is contradictory to natural selection. Under strict natural selection, the most aggressive feeders are most likely to leave the highest allelic ratio (evolutionary success). keeping fish selects against this trend leaving what, under natural selection, would typically be the weaker members of a population. Allowing this natural competition for food to determine which fish reproduce will ultimately yield a heartier fish.

                      Population dynamics in a closed system (farm pond) are much different than in a ecosystem such as the hooch tailwater. Just another opinion to ponder.

                      And you may be surprised about what sized brown trout are eating 7-9" fish. I have had 7" browns take 5" streamers on the tailwater.
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                      • #86
                        Thru May 14. May 15 is lemon pepper and butter day.

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                        • #87
                          Trout - It's whats for Dinner

                          All this talk got me thinking, lemon pepper and butter! Fed a lot of friends, took a black thumper, upstream from Bowmans.....



                          Didn't have a stringer, so I stuffed it down my waders......

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                          • #88
                            You heartless b*****d! I'm thinking that you'll have to get the new G4's now due to the fish slime on your old G3's.
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                            • #89
                              Originally posted by RScott View Post
                              All this talk got me thinking, lemon pepper and butter! Fed a lot of friends, took a black thumper, upstream from Bowmans.....


                              Shoot how many miles is it to Helen again?

                              Nice piggie.
                              I am officially upgrading Gatorbyte from "fly in my ointment" to "thorn in my side". If he happens to elevate himself to "pain in my a$$" I'm gonna blame it on RScott.

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                              • #90
                                Originally posted by RScott View Post

                                Didn't have a stringer, so I stuffed it down my waders......

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