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billybigbilly  
#311 Posted : Thursday, August 2, 2018 3:53:03 AM(UTC)
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My weekend wasn't that bad either. I fished a stream where I was skunked a year before, revenge never tasted so good Laugh
I got my PB Brown at 13 inches and my First wild, yes it is a wild one, Rainbow trout at 12 inches
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I wanted to smoke some trout so I kept my limit, it helps lessen the competition anyway, and they look nice before going in the smoker!
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s.t.fanatic  
#312 Posted : Thursday, August 2, 2018 12:49:33 PM(UTC)
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So how can you tell if it is "wild"? That's one I need to check off the bucket list.
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#313 Posted : Friday, August 3, 2018 2:44:01 AM(UTC)
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So how can you tell if it is "wild"? That's one I need to check off the bucket list.


To the best of my knowledge the DNR doesn't stock this stream so all trout are wild since the original stocking took place before I was born.
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#314 Posted : Friday, August 3, 2018 2:53:34 AM(UTC)
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Both MN and WI post annual stocking reports. It's not hard to find.
To my knowledge, there is one (possibly two - unconfirmed rumor) stream in MN, and maybe three or four in WI that have non-lake-run wild rainbow populations.

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#315 Posted : Friday, August 3, 2018 3:24:44 AM(UTC)
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Stocking


This will tell you in Wisconsin.

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#316 Posted : Friday, August 3, 2018 3:30:42 AM(UTC)
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Last year, I went to one of the Wisconsin streams that has them and not only did I fail to get a wild bow, I got shutout altogether.

Still on my bucket list I guess.

My son got a lake run wild bow on the Bois Brule last year, so he's one up on me in lake runs.
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#317 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 7:00:53 PM(UTC)
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Thats all well and good if it is an isolated stream that isnt running into another body of water that they could have migrated from. Trout use the Miss during cold months so hard to say for sure. Don't take this the wrong way i'm not doubting you as I have no idea where you caught it. Just saying that stocking reports alone cant be the only deciding factor. I was just curious if there was another way to tell.

I've seen some rainbow trout in the fall in a Minnesota river that I would have guessed to be much bigger if stocked but I assumed they were. (stocked that is)
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#318 Posted : Monday, August 6, 2018 11:25:56 PM(UTC)
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Could've been an escapee from a private pond. Been known to happen around the DA when a flood hits.

Used to be a spring fed man-made pond near my hometown that the owner had stocked with Rainbows. Some of them got huge. Then one day a new owner came along and the pond was allowed to drain out into a nearby river. Those Rainbows turned out to be really easy to catch, and there was a real run of fishermen on the creek chasing them. The Raccoons were especially fat that year too.


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billybigbilly  
#319 Posted : Tuesday, August 7, 2018 11:55:19 PM(UTC)
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Rainbow trout in this stream appeared because a private pond overflowed in the 80's I think. Since then however it is documented that the rainbow trout are spawning naturally in the stream making it one of the few to support all 3 stream trout species.
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#320 Posted : Thursday, August 9, 2018 3:22:18 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: billybigbilly Go to Quoted Post
Rainbow trout in this stream appeared because a private pond overflowed in the 80's I think. Since then however it is documented that the rainbow trout are spawning naturally in the stream making it one of the few to support all 3 stream trout species.


If it’s the one about 20 minutes south of Stillwater, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let those Rainbows go, they aren’t doing anywhere near as well as they were 5-6 years ago.
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