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Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: HUNKER, PA. near New Stanton....
Re: Question about keeping fish vs. c&r
Intensive studies done by Dr. Robert Bachman of PSU have shown stocked trout would take over/try to take over the wild trout's feeding lanes, thereby causing wild fish to expend energy on chasing stickies away instead of feeding and thus therefore growing at a faster rate. If the PA. fish commish has elected to stock where there's a population of wild fish, then evidently there's enough stream space for both on your particular water. I believe nature has it's way of sustaining the fishery, as Attack had made a point of healthy vs. unhealthy trout. Even though I know of waters that warm up in the summer, I still practice C & R only IF the trout are handling the water temps. IF they're not doing well, I stay completely away from said stream as playing a stressed trout can be fatal. I can wait to fish there again, opting to travel to the limestone, larger or even the shaded creeks that offer relief from summer's hot sun. Another thought is to only fish at dawn until 10 or 11, then again after 6 pm until dark. It really comes down to personal preference of keep vs. release. I prefer to release to allow others to get the same joy of the catch as I had, whether or not that fish will survive the hot summer temps later on. Besides, if I wanted to eat something tasting like dog food, I'd stay home & have a bowl of Purina. It's really no fun to go to a nice stream on your day off & practice casting b/c all the fish have been taken, even legally. I'm grateful to others who have also decided to release what was caught, but have no hard feelings toward those who keep some for the table...
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