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  • New Lake Lanier Record Rainbow??

    I'm not sure where to put this topic... It seems a new lake Lanier record has been caught....
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  • #2
    That's one hell of a rainbow. Wasn't aware they were in the lake. But I guess they can swim down from the hooch.

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    • #3
      I think Jimmy Harris is missing one of his fish...an escapee.

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      • #4
        How in the world do you get a trout that big caught on Lanier when you cant find one half that size on most public streams?

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        • #5
          Pellet head

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Corson View Post
            How in the world do you get a trout that big caught on Lanier when you cant find one half that size on most public streams?
            Trout get big AF in lakes feeding on baitfish. The largest trout in the world are all lake or sea run fish.

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            • #7
              Fishing for trout in Lake Lanier, in the current behind the dam during generation, was very popular 40 years ago before the Srtipers showed up. Some still make it to the lakes. Lake Burton had Browns stocked some years ago to control the Bluebacks, They are bruisers now. An occasional trout is also caught in Carters Lake and even West Point.

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              • #8
                This particular fish was caught near the dam at East Bank park. While rainbows are consistently used for striper bait in Lanier, the likelihood of this being an established predator that has been living in Lanier is extremely low. In all likelihood as a poster above stated, this fish probably washed downstream due to the Upper Hooch pushing so much water the past several months. Heckuva fish and it would have been nice if they had thrown it over the dam. Biggest we have seen come out of the river so far this year was a 16.5" bruiser Dave caught recently. Stud of a fish that had been in there awhile.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dylar View Post

                  Trout get big AF in lakes feeding on baitfish. The largest trout in the world are all lake or sea run fish.
                  Not in Lake Lanier. The stocking of striped bass is the reason the rainbow trout record dates from 1970

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by The Ole Man View Post
                    Fishing for trout in Lake Lanier, in the current behind the dam during generation, was very popular 40 years ago before the Srtipers showed up. Some still make it to the lakes. Lake Burton had Browns stocked some years ago to control the Bluebacks, They are bruisers now. An occasional trout is also caught in Carters Lake and even West Point.
                    My son's neighbor caught a 15" rainbow from his dock on Lake Oconee a couple of weeks ago. Georgia Outdoor News interviewed him and the interview may be in a future edition of GON. Speculation was that it released by a bait fisherman at some point.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fredw View Post

                      My son's neighbor caught a 15" rainbow from his dock on Lake Oconee a couple of weeks ago. Georgia Outdoor News interviewed him and the interview may be in a future edition of GON. Speculation was that it released by a bait fisherman at some point.
                      Link to article: https://www.gon.com/fishing/rare-rai...ut-lake-oconee

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                      • #12
                        A big striper can eat a 15 inch rainbow trout for sure.

                        I don't doubt that Oconee fish was released striper bait.

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                        • #13
                          So you're telling me Lake Lanier would be full of giant trout if stripers weren't stocked?

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                          • #14
                            No.


                            Prior to stripers being introduced to Lake Lanier in the 1970s the DNR used to stock rainbow trout into the lake.

                            Eventually the trout stocking ceased because the stripers were eating most of the stocked trout.

                            Even so the lake grown record trout was only 8 lbs, hardly a "giant" for lake residing trout, especially in a lake the size of Lanier.

                            Also the DNR for years would not stock stripers into Lake Russell because trout were stocked into that lake and the Hartwell Tailwater.

                            Nobody wanted a trout fishery in that lake and fishermen wanted a striper fishery instead.

                            Having both a trout fishery and striper fishery in the same lake is incompatible so the stripers won out and Lake Russell is a trophy striper lake.

                            Lakes Hartwell and Strom Thurmond (Clarks Hill) were also managed for rainbow trout by the state of Ga but the striper stockings came and those lakes have long since lost their trout populations.

                            In fact in the 1970s several major lakes were managed for trout fisheries by the state of Georgia:

                            Special Regulations — 14-inch minimum size limit on all species of mountain trout in Blue Ridge, Burton, Clark Hill, Hartwell, Lanier, Rabun, Seed, and Tallulah Falls lakes and below Burton Dam and Seed Lake Dam. There is no size limit on other lakes

                            Last edited by trout1980; 03-06-19, 12:04 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Trout are still stocked in the tailwater below Hartwell, and when generating striper can swim upstream to the base of Hartwell dam. There are some trout downstream of Hartwell dam, but as previously stated, they don't last long.
                              There were enough striper trapped in Russell when it was backed up that the initial stockings of trout didn't take. Trout were stocked several times in several different areas, but between water temps and natural predation, they didn't have a chance. Not only striper, but there were (are) some killer sized "jacks" or chain pickerel that like trout on the menu.
                              Trout were stocked in the tailwater of Russell dam, if you can call it tailwater since Clark Hill lake backs up to the dam. The first trout stocking was as Cool Hand Luke said, "an exercise in futility." It was feeding time at the dam.
                              I have heard of some holdover trout in the upper reaches of Russell, but the water temps in summer will reach upper 80s and low 90s, forcing the trout back up closer to the dam.
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