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Old 01-30-18, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default Stocking non native trout controversial in OK

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Old 01-30-18, 03:02 PM   #2
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that pictured trout sure is UGLY. I wouldn't want any of them in a native smallmouth stream that's for sure
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Old 01-30-18, 03:16 PM   #3
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Georgia stocks trout in some native smallmouth streams and Redeye streams
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Old 01-30-18, 08:01 PM   #4
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Very interesting article. I've often wondered about the impact of trout on my "home water" of the Chattahoochee through Duluth and Norcross. I dearly love fishing for trout, but I wonder about their impact in this region of the 'Hooch.

I think the main thing is that after the creation of Buford Dam and its tail water, warm water species were going to have a hard time of it between the dam and Bull Sluice near Sandy Springs.

The trout have done quite well in the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area, but to be honest, they are certainly not a native species - whether it be browns or rainbows. But once the dam was in place and the river was changed below it, I believe that it has been a good thing to introduce trout into the new cold water fishery.

Further down river near Cochran Shoals and Powers Ferry, shoal bass may have been adversely affected, but I believe the introduction of trout in these waters after the construction of the dam have been a good thing that has created a fine recreational area and has generated revenue for the state and the GA Dept of Natural Resources.

Mankind has had an effect upon the environment, but mankind has also made an adjustment to make the most of that change in a manner that has minimal adverse impact upon that environment while providing an outlet for sportsmanship and advocacy for environmental stewardship.

(I hope this makes sense. I must admit that I have had two Margaritas in the past hour, so I may be a little sloppy in my typing and in my thought process.)
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Old 01-31-18, 06:36 AM   #5
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Having caught a few smallmouth on the Tennessee River on my ultra-lite spinning rig I can tell you; if there was a smallmouth stream present and the introduction of trout was going to negatively impact the smallmouth I would be 150% against it.
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