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William Schlafer  
#21 Posted : Sunday, January 29, 2017 6:50:36 PM(UTC)
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Gurth wrote:
Fish were not at the first spot, but tried a big slow hole at a second spot that I normally walk past as "dead" water and got a really nice 18 inch rainbow. I don't doubt that it was a stocked fish at some point (Do rainbows naturally reproduce here in WI?), but it didn't appear to be brood stock as it's tail fin was fully intact.


Nice catch. Must've been a carryover Brooder from last year. A bit surprising it survived the winter. I don't think the DNR stocks spent Brooders during the winter months. I'm not aware of any naturally reproducing Rainbows in Wisconsin streams. Probably a few in ponds or lakes though.

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#22 Posted : Sunday, January 29, 2017 7:01:23 PM(UTC)
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William Schlafer wrote:
Gurth wrote:
Fish were not at the first spot, but tried a big slow hole at a second spot that I normally walk past as "dead" water and got a really nice 18 inch rainbow. I don't doubt that it was a stocked fish at some point (Do rainbows naturally reproduce here in WI?), but it didn't appear to be brood stock as it's tail fin was fully intact.


Nice catch. Must've been a carryover Brooder from last year. A bit surprising it survived the winter. I don't think the DNR stocks spent Brooders during the winter months. I'm not aware of any naturally reproducing Rainbows in Wisconsin streams. Probably a few in ponds or lakes though.

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So here's where I'm confused.

I caught a 22 inch rainbow late last summer on the Blue and it was clearly a brood because the bottom edge of it's tail fin was worn away. I've been told they wear them off from endlessly circling their tanks/pens. Still a thrill of course and remains the largest trout I've caught.

Today's rainbow though had a tail fin that was completely intact.

Again, I don't doubt that this was stocked at some point, I just wonder if there are different types of stocking (brood and/or game?) and if some survive in the wild after their stocking.


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William Schlafer  
#23 Posted : Sunday, January 29, 2017 7:32:50 PM(UTC)
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Here's a Brooder I caught on the Blue River a couple years ago in March.

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It's dorsal fin was nearly non-existent and it's laterals were fleshy nubs. And it had that pale washed out look from being in the sun most of the time. The sure signs of a brooder.

I'm always surprised these things live very long at all in the wild, after spending their lives eating pellets in a concrete raceway. I thought this one was a carp when I first felt the weight, it fought pretty meekly for it's size.


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#24 Posted : Sunday, January 29, 2017 7:58:43 PM(UTC)
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Yeesh - that's an ugly rainbow. Laugh

Here's what I got today...

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Fought hard and well - comparable to a brown of the same size.

Brilliant colors and as I said, Intact fins.

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#25 Posted : Sunday, January 29, 2017 7:59:53 PM(UTC)
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Photo doesn't do it justice as my phone screen was smudgy.


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#26 Posted : Sunday, January 29, 2017 8:10:42 PM(UTC)
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Here's last year's brooder... notice the tail fin...

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Still nice color though and fought pretty well to be honest.


Oh yeah, and I have learned the error of my ways and don't hold fish like this anymore.

I've learned a bit from these forums (didn't know any better as that's how we always held fish since I was a kid) and actually have researched proper catch and release tactics online.

Posted the photo for comparison's sake.

Each came from a different stream/river.



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#27 Posted : Sunday, January 29, 2017 8:26:34 PM(UTC)
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Saw 3 big rainbows caught this month in 1 day (2 by me) on grant county water and ran into a couple other guys that were targeting broaders and said some days they catch as many as 6 in a day.

So I'd guess they do throw at least some out in the winter which I find odd.
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#28 Posted : Sunday, January 29, 2017 8:34:44 PM(UTC)
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Well, I also wonder what size(s) as I got an 11 inch rainbow on the Blue last summer which I wouldn't think was mature enough to be a released breeder.

I mean, they must be stocking game fishing rainbows somewhere or why would they have a breeding program?
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#29 Posted : Sunday, January 29, 2017 8:55:02 PM(UTC)
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Okay. Found this which is actually pretty cool...

Wisconsin Fish Stocking

So they stock brood and fingerlings.

The fingerlings must be released hoping that a certain number will reach maturity.

My guess is that the 11 incher from last summer was released a year or two or three before I got it?
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William Schlafer  
#30 Posted : Monday, January 30, 2017 8:22:30 AM(UTC)
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I know they stock Rainbows in MN & Iowa. Always wondered if some of those found there way down to the Mississippi and then up into SW Wisconsin trout streams. I've been repeatedly told that Rainbows don't reproduce naturally in Wisco streams (for some reason) but that 11" Rainbow Gurth caught makes me wonder. Nice looking fish.


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