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  • Why has the Chattahoochee DH so dissapointing?

    Is it just me, or has the Chattahoochee DH been lacking fish to catch. I was at the White Water stocking in November, isn't there usually another one in January? The flows have been great for trout fishing, but I have been skunked several times at Paces Mill and Cochran Shoals. Has the Buford Trout Hatchery simply stop stocking fish for a reason? Thoughts. Comments.

  • #2
    Entire river got stocked with fish the week before the Guvment shut down. Dredger did make a report about this as well.
    #JBNavy

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    • #3
      As always it has been stocked, they spread out, they figure it out, and it's harder to find them.

      There is a TON of water down there for them to spread to.
      I like em big fat and sloppy.

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      • #4
        See:

        Sticky Post: $20 by Windknot
        @glennmau

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        • #5
          They are there but you may have to go a bit further than the easy access spots at paces or ww. Try going a ways upstream from paces and up or down a ways from ww and you should find some fish. As Phil stated the stocking truck showed up a couple Fridays ago so they are settling in, maybe try some naturals.

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          • #6
            Or Maybe the River Monsters are eating them...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gau16 View Post
              See:

              Sticky Post: $20 by Windknot
              For your clicking - and reading - pleasure:

              http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/foru...d.php?t=105429

              ETA: From the post, this was true in 2014 and again so now:

              Once you start getting below 55 degrees F, trout will start becoming less active, particularly on the surface. We’ve been below 55 in the ‘Hooch at the Atlanta gauge with one exception since mid-November [2014].
              "What's his offense?"
              "Groping for trouts in a peculiar river."
              ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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              • #8
                Thanks for the responses. Was there a second "bucket brigade" at WW?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by davgin View Post
                  Thanks for the responses. Was there a second "bucket brigade" at WW?
                  No, it was stocked by a man named Travis and that is it, no brigade.

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                  • #10
                    The fella I met from Miami texted me before leaving town and said he hit Cochran(?) shoals. He said he say at least 5 trouts chase his rooster tail, but couldn't get any eaters. I suspect, given the temps, he might have been retrieving as he would for those aggressive peacock bass and other aggressive invasives they have down in the 'glades.
                    Maybe toss something they wanna eat, slow the retrieve, .. I don't know.

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                    • #11
                      Sweetwater Brewing also did a big stocking at Paces a few weeks ago with a bunch of big fish. I know we put in a dozen over 20" any reports on those being caught...and released?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by The Field and Fly View Post
                        Sweetwater Brewing also did a big stocking at Paces a few weeks ago with a bunch of big fish. I know we put in a dozen over 20" any reports on those being caught...and released?
                        Yes, look at Jakkbauer’s avatar. That 20” bow came from downstream of where that stocking occurred less than 24hrs later. Fish move more than we realize sometimes.
                        #JBNavy

                        "Everyday is a new life to a wise man."
                        -Chinese Proverb

                        “At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.”
                        -Norman Maclean

                        "We are what we hunt."
                        -PH

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Philhutch80 View Post
                          Yes, look at Jakkbauer’s avatar. That 20” bow came from downstream of where that stocking occurred less than 24hrs later. Fish move more than we realize sometimes.
                          This is true. She ate a mepps with two hooks cut off and took drag three times before she finally got in my net shaking her head violently the whole time. At first thought I was snagged until I felt the shaking. Was a nice surprise.

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                          • #14
                            They’re out there but I agree that is has seemed slower than in past years. Did catch 3 small bows this AM at JB

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                            • #15
                              Maybe the stripers are eating them all?

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