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Old 02-02-18, 07:27 PM   #41
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I’m serious. Would not stocking those fish above Bull Sluice
be a better use of resources and fish were they can survive
year around with the better habitat and leaving the other tail water to black bass
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Old 02-02-18, 08:16 PM   #42
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For sure. Unless you catch a dnr stocked shoalie in the hooch, you are getting one with its own unique genetic thumbprint. I am very fond of the shoalie in the hooch and flint, and I intent to visit the upper hooch to chase some one day. I have caught some pretty spectacularly colored up ones from the DH in the last few years, although not likely either genetically pure or of the thorphy size such as in the flint.
Man do it on the upper hooch!!!

That's where they ruined me.
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Plus 1 on this - still looking for my first bass on the fly
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Hoping for a summer of multi species on the fly..

But really why not just play the hand being delt. Water below MF is better off for shoals, stripers etc. so let them thrive. One day you can chase Browns on the upper and the next stripers on the lower.
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Has a tagging study ever been done on the DH fish to find out what happens to them?
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Old 02-02-18, 10:08 PM   #46
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Has a tagging study ever been done on the DH fish to find out what happens to them?
That would be a grand waste of time and money. They are put there to die.

This has been an interesting thread. I do remember the early days of the DH being glorious! 20+ fish days happened often and just about any run that looked like would hold fish had fish in it. I have no idea if it is the cause of the Hooch DH not fishing like it use to, but I do agree that things changed after the big flood.
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Old 02-02-18, 10:14 PM   #47
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Iím serious. Would not stocking those fish above Bull Sluice
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year around with the better habitat and leaving the other tail water to black bass
Perhaps. Alternately, would above Morgan falls be better as a pure wild brown fishery. In other words, is the existing stocking that occurs there a net positive when accounting for the stocked fish competing with wild trout for food, potential for disease introduction, costs associated with stocking, etc. I've been insulted too many times for questioning whether there are better uses for the state resources than our current structure. Status quo or bust!
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Old 02-02-18, 11:12 PM   #48
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Perhaps. Alternately, would above Morgan falls be better as a pure wild brown fishery. In other words, is the existing stocking that occurs there a net positive when accounting for the stocked fish competing with wild trout for food, potential for disease introduction, costs associated with stocking, etc. I've been insulted too many times for questioning whether there are better uses for the state resources than our current structure. Status quo or bust!
If you quit stocking rainbows in the tailwater I think you remove the realistic chance of a three foot brown coming out.

There is a three foot brown in that river, probably a couple.
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If you quit stocking rainbows in the tailwater I think you remove the realistic chance of a three foot brown coming out.

There is a three foot brown in that river, probably a couple.
Godzilla lives... but can we catch him???
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If you quit stocking rainbows in the tailwater I think you remove the realistic chance of a three foot brown coming out.

There is a three foot brown in that river, probably a couple.
That is true, the stockings do provide candy for the real big boys.
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