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C&R - Extended Trout Season

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The “Extended Trout Season” is bogus in my opinion.

Who would like to see a Catch and Release regulation on all trout streams after Labor Day?

I think the PFBC should still stock the streams, but manage them under C&R guidelines from Labor Day until the opening day of trout season. That way they get some people to fish in the fall and get some fish to hold over into the spring.


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The “Extended Trout Season” is bogus in my opinion.

Who would like to see a Catch and Release regulation on all trout streams after Labor Day?

I think the PFBC should still stock the streams, but manage them under C&R guidelines from Labor Day until the opening day of trout season. That way they get some people to fish in the fall and get some fish to hold over into the spring.



I never really thought much about it, but a long C&R season like that would be a great idea, IMO. Fish for fun rather than fish for food.

Less and less fish are stocked, so this reg change would keep more fish in the stream during the fall and winter. Also, more holdovers would be left in the streams for the spring season.

I'm not sure if the FBC would ever propose it, but I like it. Put me down as a +1.


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I like the idea too but I think I remember Mike mentioning winter mortality somewhere along the line.

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I'd like to see a reduction in creel limits even for Spring fishing since the number of stocked fish has been drastically reduced, at least where I help stock.

Posted on: 12/22 7:41


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There should be an increase in C&R only streams and stream sections and reducing the creel limit makes a lot of sense.

Posted on: 12/22 8:02


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Remember when you could keep 8 trout, those were the days.

Posted on: 12/22 8:58


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Hopefully the PFBC is considering a reduction of the creel limit and longer C&R seasons as part of the long term plan to cope with reduced stocking.

Posted on: 12/22 9:05


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Rather than dump tons of fish in marginal or spring only trout fisheries, wouldn't the fish be better used in cold water streams with a reduced harvest limit? Opening day is a circus almost to the level of the SR during the salmon run.

The state dumps them in...the meat heads run up and yank them out. Why not put an above ground swimming pool out for the fish eaters. Little "trout rodeo" like they have for the children. As the old saying goes, 10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the fish. In my experience, many of those guys take a limit, hide the fish and head right back to limit out again. I heardone tool bragging tthat he put 48 in the freezer on opening day. That's also the same tool that complains that the fish aren't in the creek like they use to be. Duh.

The real question is...."why isn't the river below Raystown being managed as a world class tailwater?".

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Making trout fishing C&R in the extended season is a good idea. Because most of the trout stocked in the spring are gone by fall, so most of the trout left in the streams are wild trout.

The PFBC is very unlikely to increase stocking in the fall, though. They have been decreasing it substantially and that trend is likely to continue.

Because they raise fewer hatchery fish then in the past. Stocking more fish in the fall would mean stocking less in the spring. You have to choose.

And choosing to stock the great majority of trout in the spring is what makes sense. That's when interest is highest in trout fishing.

Stocking trout in the fall with the goal of having them last into the spring would not work. Most of them would die through the winter.

If you want stocked trout in the streams in the spring, the best way to achieve that is to stock them in the spring.

Posted on: 12/22 10:00


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I’m with krayfish on this one but instead of a swimming pool let’s just open up the hatcheries to the meat heads and worm dunking types so they can fish right in the raceways. This way the PFBC can save money on fuel and stocking costs and we don’t have to deal with them ramming around on the water in the spring. Maybe with all the money they save we could see more wild brooke trout enhancement areas or more stream restoration projects like at big springs?

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I like the idea of mandatory catch and release, though I don't think you would see a noticeable difference.

The majority of people that fish past Memorial Day are trout enthusiasts. The trout enthusiasts also practice catch and release, so ipso facto, there is a catch and release season already.

I agree with Krayfish and Pellethead, save the stocking ceremony and just let the hillbillies in the hatchery to get their fish.

Posted on: 12/22 20:52
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You guys are getting a bit harsh on the fisheaters, let he who hath never eaten a trout cast the first worm. Three days before Christmas

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Btw, never eaten a trout. Where would you like me to toss this stone?

I don't eat anything that swims. This is just a hobby.

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Hey Pellethead.....not everyone that sports a spinning rod is an un-ethical, hillbilly, worm dunker that throws trash everywhere. Don't get me wrong there are some real fish slobs and jerks out there. I would put you in the same class for some of the comments that you have made. I don't know why you think your so high and mighty. I hope it's not the fact that you hold a fly rod because that gives us all a bad name. With an attitude like that you'll never change anything. Try setting a good example for people to follow and don't act like such an untouchale snob. You just might be suprised what you can accomplish if you treat people like human beings.

Posted on: 12/22 22:13


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I like all the ideas, but as Brookiechaser said, I am just not sure you would see much difference because truthfully, I hardly see anyone keep anything during the later season anyway. At least on some of the waters that I frequent where it is legal to keep during extended season.

I am on the water almost every day at this time of year, and just don't see fish being creeled. Obviously it happens, but it just seems like guys out now are not out there to keep a limit of 12" ers.

And pellethead, yea not all people that fish a spin rod are meat hunting fools. I still love to fish the spin rod along with the fly rod and when I pick up the spin rod I don't suddenly have a loss of ethics.

I have said it before and I'll say it again, and I love ALL trout fishing, but some of the best most ethical trout anglers I know are primarily spin fisherman.

It's all good.

Posted on: 12/22 22:54



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