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Fishing 2018

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by Cteve, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. tom19176

    tom19176 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    The local lakes will have rainbow and brown trout stocked this week, so I will be hitting them hard. Went yesterday to see if they were stocked a few days early, but nope....However I did get 50+ panfish !
     
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  2. tom19176

    tom19176 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    Hit the lakes twice so far and caught and released over 20 rainbows and browns...Headed out today and Friday again!
     
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  3. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    992
    May 9, 2018
    Nice!!!
     
  4. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Released????? My wife grew up eating fish and rice in the Philippines...maybe I should give you my address so you can throw some on dry ice and send to us:D
     
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  5. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    992
    May 9, 2018
    LOL, my family nicknamed my wife "Fishbane" because she NEVER releases a fish she catches.
     
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  6. tom19176

    tom19176 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    I mostly do catch and release. I can keep three trout a day any size browns and or rainbow as they are stocked. They tend to taste a bit bland as they were feed pellets for food in the hatchery. If you get them after they are in the lake long enough, they taste better. I hit another lake yesterday and got three nice browns and nine rainbows....a few panfish too! All on wax worms....
     
  7. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    992
    May 9, 2018
    I've never caught a brown, but sure know what you mean about stocked fish not tasting as good. The big one I posted on page 3 tasted so bad I wished I hadn't kept it, bad flavor and texture. Wish we had panfish here, miss bluegill and crappie fishing.
     
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  8. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    By far the best tasting freshwater fish I have ever eaten were some Volcano Creek Golden Trout that we caught in the Sierra. They were pink-fleshed and tasted similar to wild caught salmon. And on a backpacking trip in Sequoia/Kings Canyon a couple years ago, some of the guys were catching rainbows in a lake at 10,600' but they didn't have oil for frying or any seasoning. But even seared in a dry skillet with no seasoning they were still delicious.

    A lot of the high country lakes were stocked, but that hasn't happened in a number of years so any fish you catch in those lakes are multi-generation natives now. And the goldens were in a drainage where they were not native, but again those streams had been stocked a long time ago so the fish we caught were natives by that point.
     
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  9. dipbait

    dipbait

    Feb 9, 2008
    Time is running out . I took off a day to fish and knocked the snot out of bass on a spinnerbait . No huge ones . This was the best one of the day . I hope to get out one or two more times before the weather shuts it down . Air temps started out in the low 30's then warmed into the 50's . Surface water temp was 54 in the morning , warmed a few degrees by the afternoon .

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  10. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    992
    May 9, 2018
    Golden trout, now that's the holy grail of fishing! Growing up I flyfished the high Cascade lakes in Oregon, we usually wrapped the ones we kept in foil with lemon and thyme and cooked in the campfire.
     
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  11. tom19176

    tom19176 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    There was a stocked pond that my son and i went to fish when he was a kid. Some of the trout were golden. Not sure if they are the same type your all talking about?
     
  12. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    992
    May 9, 2018
    http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=AFCHA0209A

    The golden trout is a California species that was introduced in Montana in 1907. There are currently about 20 golden trout populations in the high mountain lakes of western and southcentral Montana. They provide a unique opportunity to catch a beautiful fish in a pristine environment. Golden trout up to 4 pounds have been caught in Montana but typical size is usually 6-12 inches. Golden trout are spring spawners and can usually be found in inlet or outlet streams to high mountain lakes around the Fourth of July. Like other mountain lake trout species, they are opportunistic feeders, surviving off a variety of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates.
     
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  13. tom19176

    tom19176 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    Thanks for the info on the golden trout.....I wonder if the ones they stocked were some sort of hybird? Went to the lake today and only had one hook up then threw the hook, so while I had a few great days I got skunked today!!!
     
  14. 22Hornet

    22Hornet

    122
    Apr 2, 2012
    The golden trout is probably a rainbow variation different from the ones Rose and Thistle is talking about. A trout hatchery in Petersburg WV Developed this strain in one of their rearing ponds. They were able to replicate them and stock quite a few today around here. They have the red/orange stripe of a rainbow trout.
     
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  15. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    992
    May 9, 2018
    Cool. I've never even seen a golden or brown trout, so hatchery or not I'd love to catch one.
     
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  16. 22Hornet

    22Hornet

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    Apr 2, 2012
    WV has a week every spring when they stock only the gold ones. This coming year wiil be the second time. The rest of the spring they mix them with other rainbows, browns and brooks.
     
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  17. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Here is a golden trout that came out of Guitar Lake on the west side of Mt Whitney:
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    The colors on that one were already fading, it had been out of the water for a while before I got a picture. I read a fishing report a while back from some guys who fished the lakes in upper Miter Basin (just south of Mt Whitney, the lakes were all above 11,000') and they were catching quite a few goldens in the 3-5 lb range.

    Rose and Thistle had the correct link for the golden trout to which I was referring. Here are a couple more:
    http://westernnativetrout.org/california-golden-trout/
    https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Inland/California-Golden-Trout

    It is native to a small range in the southern sierra nevada, but has been widely planted in other parts of the sierra nevada and in other states, too.
     
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  18. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    992
    May 9, 2018
    BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing.
     
  19. tom19176

    tom19176 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    Beautiful fish! The ones we caught at the stocked lake were totally yellow/gold like a golden carp....
     
  20. tom19176

    tom19176 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    Hit a different stocked lake Sunday....7 rainbows, 5 browns and 40+ panfish. All on a mix of spinning lures and live wax worms...Fun day!
     

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