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Life of Riley  
#1 Posted : Friday, January 31, 2020 7:14:45 AM(UTC)
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A buddy took me to some spots he's fished before in the whitewater system last week. We caught a mix of trout, and my buddy noticed that a nice rainbow he caught didn't have a clipped adipose fin. Do they clip these on stockers in MN or not? We were wondering if this was a stocked fish or not.
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#2 Posted : Friday, January 31, 2020 11:37:14 PM(UTC)
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A buddy took me to some spots he's fished before in the whitewater system last week. We caught a mix of trout, and my buddy noticed that a nice rainbow he caught didn't have a clipped adipose fin. Do they clip these on stockers in MN or not? We were wondering if this was a stocked fish or not.


Only Lake Superior rainbows are clipped.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, February 1, 2020 7:20:29 AM(UTC)
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Thanks. My buddy grew up on the north shore, so this is probably why he noticed that the bows in whitewater were not clipped. I will let him know next time I talk to him. Do they stock rainbows in Superior on the MN side anymore, or has that been permanently suspended?
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#4 Posted : Saturday, February 1, 2020 10:20:01 AM(UTC)
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Thanks. My buddy grew up on the north shore, so this is probably why he noticed that the bows in whitewater were not clipped. I will let him know next time I talk to him. Do they stock rainbows in Superior on the MN side anymore, or has that been permanently suspended?


They stock fingerlings in a few of the bigger rivers on a rotational basis. They pull fish out of the Lester and Knife I’m pretty sure, then strip them of eggs and milt before turning them loose. It creates a much better hatchery program. Very similar to the Feral Brook Trout stocking program in SW WI.
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#5 Posted : Saturday, February 1, 2020 2:05:42 PM(UTC)
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Thanks. My buddy grew up on the north shore, so this is probably why he noticed that the bows in whitewater were not clipped. I will let him know next time I talk to him. Do they stock rainbows in Superior on the MN side anymore, or has that been permanently suspended?


They stock fingerlings in a few of the bigger rivers on a rotational basis. They pull fish out of the Lester and Knife I’m pretty sure, then strip them of eggs and milt before turning them loose. It creates a much better hatchery program. Very similar to the Feral Brook Trout stocking program in SW WI.


Interesting. I didn't realize they did that on the north shore. I assumed that when they stopped the looper program and shut down the hatchery that stocking those stream stopped.

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#6 Posted : Saturday, February 1, 2020 5:26:22 PM(UTC)
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Thanks. My buddy grew up on the north shore, so this is probably why he noticed that the bows in whitewater were not clipped. I will let him know next time I talk to him. Do they stock rainbows in Superior on the MN side anymore, or has that been permanently suspended?


They stock fingerlings in a few of the bigger rivers on a rotational basis. They pull fish out of the Lester and Knife I’m pretty sure, then strip them of eggs and milt before turning them loose. It creates a much better hatchery program. Very similar to the Feral Brook Trout stocking program in SW WI.


Interesting. I didn't realize they did that on the north shore. I assumed that when they stopped the looper program and shut down the hatchery that stocking those stream stopped.



It’s an entirely different program actually. And I didn’t know until a year or two ago myself.

I think they stock Baptism, Cross, Temperance, and a few others on a rotational basis.
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#7 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:44:37 PM(UTC)
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To answer the question of stocked or not in WW - definitely stocked. Rainbows do not naturally reproduce in the wild of southeast MN. The DNR has, at times, stocked fingerling rainbows instead of the hefty rainbows you'll find in the WW.
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