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Re: [brookieguy1] Millions of Tiger Trout? In reply to
The brookies are definitely one of the fish God took some time on. You catch one in the fall and they look like a jewel and then taste as good as they look. Makes me feel like caveman eating a flower.
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Re: [DKStroutfitter] Millions of Tiger Trout? In reply to
DKStroutfitter wrote:
PBH you are in the know.
Are the stocking number accurate?

I have no specific information on the stocking in question.

However, there are numerous things to respond to in this thread. One is cost. Is this a waste? Certainly not! You have to consider what the quota's for planned stocking was prior to production of the tiger trout. If production yields are higher than quotas, then you end up with surplus. What do you do with surplus fish? You stock them! That is certainly not a waste of money, but rather benefit! Anyone claiming otherwise is foolish.

The costs of raising fish to "catchable" size is significant, so sending these fish out as 2" fish, especially if they were surplus, is (again) a smart investment.

I do not know if these stockings were from surplus fish or not, but it kind of sounds like it.

Also, as has already been mentioned, survival rates are low with fish this small. So high numbers are stocked fully knowing that most will not survive. Again, that's not a bad thing.

Finally, the great thing about stocking sterile hybrids is that you can control numbers. So, for those worried that the stocking numbers are too high, fisheries managers will certainly be watching those populations. Next spring we'll see if the survival was too high or not. If it was too high, don't expect to see any additional stocking for a year or two. Hybrids are a great tool for managing population numbers.



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Re: [PBH] Millions of Tiger Trout? In reply to
With every thing PBH has said, there is one thing that I would really fear on these lakes in the Unitas--and that is high survival of stocked fish. These fry will/could have exceptional survival in the Unitas compared to schofield or Strawberry or other places mentioned because they may have less competition with chubs/minnows/suckers and fewer predators to avoid. If a high percentage of those stocked tiger trout fry do survive, a mess could certainly be the result. These lakes could eventually be loaded with little skinny tiger trout tha are not too appealing to most fishermen because they are too small and skinny for eating and for sport fishing fun. In such a case harvest could be low and long term survival likely...this could hurt fishing fo an extend d period even if further stocking is eliminated. Personally, I would hope if I frequented those waters that survival of stocked fish is low. Personally, though, I have some doubts!
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Re: [wormandbobber] Millions of Tiger Trout? In reply to
wormandbobber wrote:
With every thing PBH has said, there is one thing that I would really fear on these lakes in the Unitas--and that is high survival of stocked fish. These fry will/could have exceptional survival in the Unitas compared to schofield or Strawberry or other places mentioned because they may have less competition with chubs/minnows/suckers and fewer predators to avoid. If a high percentage of those stocked tiger trout fry do survive, a mess could certainly be the result. These lakes could eventually be loaded with little skinny tiger trout tha are not too appealing to most fishermen because they are too small and skinny for eating and for sport fishing fun. In such a case harvest could be low and long term survival likely...this could hurt fishing fo an extend d period even if further stocking is eliminated. Personally, I would hope if I frequented those waters that survival of stocked fish is low. Personally, though, I have some doubts!
Exactly! That is why I feel a controlled number of sterile brook trout is the right answer for the Uintas.
Just one more brookie........
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