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everything that i dont plan on eating goes back in the crick. including chubs, suckers, fall fish, sunnies, even pickerel where i used to catch them. at my usual fishing stream the bank is littered with chubs that people toss on the bank. isnt this illegal? i fish all year long so when the trout bitesslow i like catching a chub or 2 to keep it fun. i also dont mind the fight a big chub can offer, kinda fun. why kill em?
 

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I dont enjoy chubs either but those fish guys are tossing on the bank are critical big predator food. Drives me nuts when guys do that as it solves nothing. Leave them for the big trout to eat and grow on.
 

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If it's an indigenous fish species, no such thing as a "junk fish". Now if you're talking about snakeheads, feed them to the racoons.
 

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troutman42 said:
everything that i dont plan on eating goes back in the crick. including chubs, suckers, fall fish, sunnies, even pickerel where i used to catch them. at my usual fishing stream the bank is littered with chubs that people toss on the bank. isnt this illegal? i fish all year long so when the trout bitesslow i like catching a chub or 2 to keep it fun. i also dont mind the fight a big chub can offer, kinda fun. why kill em?
My feelings to a T
 

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Invasive species that cause harm to a stream..give em to the coons. Chubs, fall fish, and fish that have always been there before trout stocking began let em go.
 

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I'll be honest; when I was younger I tossed them back in the weeds cause my dad told me they were taking food away from the trout. I got older and learned my dad was wrong on that. Most of the streams we fished then got too warm for most trout to survive during the summer, and besides, they were actually the native fish that belonged in the stream, not the stocked trout.

I also started going back during the summer and re-catching them to use for bass/muskie bait. Even today, I fish a small stream that gets stocked, but has a thriving population of fallfish. Some of them get big; I've caught them up to 15", and put the same size trout to shame when it comes down to a fight. It's always disappointing to get it in sight and see it's not a trout, but they still get treated the same and carefully released. I've even considered keeping a couple and seeing how they fillet and taste, but just haven't convinced myself to do it yet. We ate a lot of suckers when I was a kid, and they actually tastier than trout....
 

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junk fish....you mean palomino's right?

at least 70% of the streams stocked shouldn't even hold trout and I hate to see people toss native fish onto the bank. I flipped a lid at a friend that tossed a pickeral onto the bank at Penns Creek. He knew where I stood after that at least.
 

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Even though im not a big fan of catching them there is no sense in killing the, just put them back and let them be. They were meant to be there.
 

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Great posts here, I had figured that I'd come back to see my post bashed but the total opposite. Last year on a nice river I was having my best day ever on dry flies, caught several rainbows including a nice 18 incher. Right along with the bows were some sizable chubs feeding on the insects right next to the bows, I caught several of them along with the trout, they were a blast to catch, I'm guessing some of them were easily over 15 inches. They didn't fight like a trout, especially a rainbow, but more like a channel cat, with plenty of power and a steady pull, the bigger ones weren't easy to shift direction with.
 

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I remember being around 8 or 9 and catching creek chubs on dry flies. They were they only thing I could catch and they would keep me entertained for hours.
 

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You know what i like more than big creek chubs? Big rock bass! Man i probably like rock bass more than trout to be honest.
 

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I love fishing for the junk fish .
the big ones fight harder then trout.
Also a two gal. bag full of chubs goes in the freezer every year -cat fish bait!!
 
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