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Old 06-14-2020, 10:41 AM   #1
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DEC Trout Stream Management Plan

A proposal by NYSDEC for trout stream management is out for public review and comment. Personally, I'm not in favor of adding a year-round season to streams that are closed after 10/15. I think the fish need a break to spawn, fatten up, and save their resources to get through the winter.
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Old 06-17-2020, 05:38 PM   #2
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I disagree. All of the evidence says that year round C&R has minimal impact on fisheries. Example after example says this is just fine. Drive through Dillon, Colorado mid-winter and you'll see guys drifting nymphs. Look at the examples in Appendix A of the draft. Even on the Salmon River, where the fish get pounded hard, it's not angling pressure that's the problem. It's the success of Chinook spawning and the food base in the lake.

From the draft plan:

Perhaps the most compelling evidence that allowing catch and release angling during spawning season will not negatively impact wild trout populations comes from a carefully controlled experiment designed to quantify any such effects on spawning Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Idaho (Roth, et al. 2019). The authors found no negative effect of angling and air exposure up to 60 seconds on short-term survival, long-term survival, or reproductive success.
The available evidence supports the conclusion that, under actual stream conditions, egg and fry mortality associated with wading anglers is too low to affect the trout population.

Want to help the trout? Promote habitat restoration and improvement.
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Old 06-17-2020, 08:16 PM   #3
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My opinion only...certainly not looking for you or anyone else to step in line with my beliefs, so disagree all you want. But I do agree with you that habitat improvement is the ticket.
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