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Old 01-18-18, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default Lake Blue Ridge muskie

Not trout related but is there any interest in restoring the muskie fishery to Lake Blue Ridge?
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Old 01-18-18, 11:19 PM   #2
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Not trout related but is there any interest in restoring the muskie fishery to Lake Blue Ridge?
Certainly, there were some fingerlings recently stocked in TN. Apparently they are hard to come by. Would love to see some in GA.
http://newschannel9.com/sports/outdoors/twra-stocks-muskie-in-polk-countys-parksville-lake

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Old 01-19-18, 06:20 PM   #3
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Question Muskies (Lunge)

Muskies are called Lunge in Canada ....... today's trivia.

Muskies can do well in lake environments, but they are primarily a river fish and they will find a river if planted in a lake. Wonder how they would impact the trout fishery in the Toccoa above Lake Blue Ridge? They would probably find their way to the tailwater sooner or later via a dam release of some bucket biologists.
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Old 01-20-18, 12:22 PM   #4
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I guess if they got in the tail water that would not be good for the trout

I wonder why they disappeared in the 1st place?
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Old 01-29-18, 07:55 PM   #5
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Muskies are called Lunge in Canada ....... today's trivia.

Muskies can do well in lake environments, but they are primarily a river fish and they will find a river if planted in a lake. Wonder how they would impact the trout fishery in the Toccoa above Lake Blue Ridge? They would probably find their way to the tailwater sooner or later via a dam release of some bucket biologists.
I would pay good money to watch a Muskie steal a SNIT from some poor DH fisherman with a 10' 2wt...
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Old 01-30-18, 10:55 AM   #6
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Default SNIT Lunch

Not a muskie but a couple years back when the hatchery stretch of the Davidson was hot I had a fun experience. Early evening and a TU buddy of mine had tied up the pattern of the day and the fishing was great! I caught a small trout about SNIT size and was horsing it in so I could release and go for something bigger. Well, something bigger came up off the bottom and took the SNIT sideways in it's mouth and swam off with it. Pretty sure it was a big rainbow but as mentioned, it was near dark and it was just a shadow shape rising up from the bottom .............
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Old 01-31-18, 11:32 AM   #7
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Thumbs down Musky

I don't think Musky are a good choice for Lake Blue Ridge. You would be introducing the ace predator of fresh waters into this watershed. Let North Carolina and Tennessee keep them. Great game fish this catch of 1000 casts, but we loose enough trout now to Large Mouth Bass, Walleyed Pike and Poachers. They would roam, once established, throughout the entire Toccoa watershed.
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Old 01-31-18, 04:49 PM   #8
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I don't think Musky are a good choice for Lake Blue Ridge. You would be introducing the ace predator of fresh waters into this watershed. Let North Carolina and Tennessee keep them. Great game fish this catch of 1000 casts, but we loose enough trout now to Large Mouth Bass, Walleyed Pike and Poachers. They would roam, once established, throughout the entire Toccoa watershed.
Muskie were originally stocked in Lake Blue Ridge(state record came from there) and SUPPOSEDLY they have been seen roaming the Upper Toccoa.
Oh and there are several watersheds in NC and Tennessee that have muskie, LM, smallmouth, striper and trout all coexisting.
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Old 01-31-18, 07:06 PM   #9
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I would pay good money to watch a Muskie steal a SNIT from some poor DH fisherman with a 10' 2wt...
I cannot agree more with this statement.

Seeing a brown do that to a SNIT stuck me on them, a muskie has to be even more glorious
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Old 01-31-18, 07:52 PM   #10
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I don't think Musky are a good choice for Lake Blue Ridge. You would be introducing the ace predator of fresh waters into this watershed. Let North Carolina and Tennessee keep them. Great game fish this catch of 1000 casts, but we loose enough trout now to Large Mouth Bass, Walleyed Pike and Poachers. They would roam, once established, throughout the entire Toccoa watershed.
Stripers, largemouth and muskie I can understand as trout predators but are walleye serious trout predators?

Genuinely asking because I don't know. The state record GA trout is bigger than the state record walleye.
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