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rschmidt  
#1 Posted : Monday, May 4, 2015 8:41:56 PM(UTC)
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Beautiful place. Water was low and eutrophic. Far fewer numbers than last year, but there were some nice fish. 17&16" browns, 15.5" Brook.

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William Schlafer  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 6:34:49 AM(UTC)
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Nice fish! Pretty stream.

You need a bigger net. Smile


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RippinLips87  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 9:13:07 AM(UTC)
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It bums me out seeing nice fish like those eaten. Sad Especially, since there are far fewer numbers in that creek like you stated.
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NBrevitz  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 9:17:19 AM(UTC)
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RippinLips87 wrote:
It bums me out seeing nice fish like those eaten. Sad Especially, since there are far fewer numbers in that creek like you stated.

I have to agree. Beautiful fish and scenery, but please don't keep Brookies like thatCrying
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shebs  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 9:31:25 AM(UTC)
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NBrevitz wrote:
RippinLips87 wrote:
It bums me out seeing nice fish like those eaten. Sad Especially, since there are far fewer numbers in that creek like you stated.

I have to agree. Beautiful fish and scenery, but please don't keep Brookies like thatCrying


Don't worry guys, that's a stocker brookie. Ron told me he figured it was a carryover from last years brooders - Bear Creek receives a good number of adult/brooders each year.
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NBrevitz  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 10:18:45 AM(UTC)
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shebs wrote:
NBrevitz wrote:
RippinLips87 wrote:
It bums me out seeing nice fish like those eaten. Sad Especially, since there are far fewer numbers in that creek like you stated.

I have to agree. Beautiful fish and scenery, but please don't keep Brookies like thatCrying


Don't worry guys, that's a stocker brookie. Ron told me he figured it was a carryover from last years brooders - Bear Creek receives a good number of adult/brooders each year.

Oh, that's very different... Carry onThumpUp
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Mark Dahlquist  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 11:17:19 AM(UTC)
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People can keep their legal limit every time they go out. Nobody should question that, let alone opening weekend. Just saying.
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TreArrow  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:23:17 PM(UTC)
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Stocked or wild a 15" brookie or a 20" brown is the sort of fish most anglers only dream of catching. Sure everyone may legally do as they please if they follow the regulations, (which doesn't include keeping fish every time, if that means exceeding the possession limit) but at some point its worth taking a step back and considering just how few fish of that size swim in some of our streams.

I like eating trout almost as much as I like catching them, and regularly keep a limit of fish, but for me personally, I think its also important to release fish of quality size, especially brookies. Others may disagree, this is just how I see it.

For the record Bear got yearlings in 2014, and broodstock this year. Your mileage and ethics may vary.
NBrevitz  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:26:53 PM(UTC)
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Mark Dahlquist wrote:
People can keep their legal limit every time they go out. Nobody should question that, let alone opening weekend. Just saying.

Absolutely. Did just that last night.
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rschmidt  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:59:06 PM(UTC)
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Well, I do eat me some trout Woot

I keep and eat about 30 fish a year. Usually switch to C&R after 4th of July.

With the video camera I let anything 20" and over go if in good health. Perhaps a brook at 16" should be a similar rule?

That brook was definitely stocked, not so sure it was a broodstock as it was in pretty good shape. It looked to me like a two year old stocked yearling.

Either way, I do keep meticulously legal and try to be a good steward of the resource, but eating a few fish is a big part of fishing for me.

Also better than throwing em back with work hooks in the gullet and line out the mouth. Caught two of those types of smaller fish that were doomed. Also saw quite a few fish in early season belly up from being caught. Land 'em quick, wet hands and get 'em in the creel or back in the water.

My .02$

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