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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-07-2015, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Trout Eating Machine?

You ever fish a spot and wonder why you never catch any trout in there. I had one of those spots, and yesterday I caught this guy in there: (click HD!)

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I wonder if they eat a lot of trout over say 7"...serious question, not sarcastic.

Anyway, my brother (TagOutInArchery) went along yesterday and did some filming, so I don't have any pictures, but he got some seriously sweet video that I am putting together, including some sick shots of trout sipping my foam beetle and a few spinner strikes! That will be forthcoming when time permits.

We fished this bigger water for 4 hours and I landed 22, nothing real big, and I missed more than my fair share or had them come unbuttoned early. Then we hit a mountain stream with the fly rod and I got another 12 before we ran out of memory card space (70 GB or so). Another spectacular day on the water!

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-07-2015, 09:51 PM
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Re: Trout Eating Machine?

That's a big pickerel. My brother caught a smaller pickerel on a trout stream while spin fishing for trout. This happened a few weeks ago near state college.
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Re: Trout Eating Machine?

My guess would be not many. A musky I am sure hammer legal size trout, but I don't think pickerel eat many legal trout.

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Re: Trout Eating Machine?

If that is a 'trout' stream then I guarantee its primary diet is trout and a lot of them I'm sure. That's a big pickeral. Don't see too many of those in trout streams though. He's fortunate you caught him......I wouldn't have out him back in.
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Re: Trout Eating Machine?

Not sure of the size trout they can eat as I did not dissect the one I caught of similiar size as yours quite a few years ago. I caught mine a mile or so up from the main creek channel in a limestone feeder stream not more than 4 feet wide.

I did not care for him to be in this little trout gem, I put him in my mesh fish bag and went to the truck and got a bucket and relocated him to a neighbor's pond that was overloaded with stunted panfish.

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probably would eat anything under 7". would not want one of them in a wild trout stream.
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I was at Sunfish pond 3 years ago when they were inseason stocking. Standing on the dock. I saw pickerel hammering the freshly stocked brookies!

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I was at Sunfish pond in Bradford cty. 3 years ago when they were inseason stocking. Standing on the dock. I saw pickerel hammering the freshly stocked brookies!

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Re: Trout Eating Machine?

Herons do quite the number on trout as well. I have had many trout killed by them the last couple years.
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I admit the thought of keeping him ran through my mind, but I honestly don't know what the regulations/seasons are for pickerel, so I would have thrown him back regardless.

One factor ecologists use to rate the health of an ecosystem is biodiversity, so I suppose the fact that their are a variety of fish, fowl, birds of prey, insects, etc all means that the stream is healthy and can support them all. I would imagine some of those large browns eat more baby trout than a pickerel, but who knows. It's tempting to assume that predatory fish and herons eat too many fish, but in the grand scheme of things, they have been co-existing for a long time...we're the ones who put the brown and rainbow trout there in the first place, so maybe it's only fair they get a snack too. I once talked to a guy who admitted to chucking suckers in the woods when he caught them in the stream. Clearly he wasn't aware of how important sucker spawning is to trout...everything is connected.

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