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LAUGER

I was reading the Sun. paper yesterday and read that there is a proposal that no one would be able to keep stream trout between 12 inches and 16 inches. I'm confused, this seems to be the "keeper" range. Does anyone have thoughts on this? I am interested in hearing your thoughts.
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Jim W

Lauger,
The little I know, the best(average) size, growth in years for producing eggs/spawning is the 12-16 inch range. However, the most questionable aspect of the proposed regulation is that trout grow and spawn at different rates in relationship to where they reside. In other words, each stream and ecological make-up of the region the streams are in, is completely different. Some streams they grow fast with abundant food supply while others struggle to grow.
SO a statewide slot, does not make sense to me. I personally believe that instead of hastily applying new policy, let the DNR run further studies into specific locals for slots.

If anything, the DNR is giving the go ahead for fisherman to keep more larger trout 16+(not daily, but more often) I never(ok maybe once or twice in my life) have kept a trout over 16 inches to eat. I personally enjoy the 10 to 12 inchers. "If" I decide to keep any, which is a rare event in itself!

Good luck out there and let's hope these streams run clean soon!!!! Jim W

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Thanks Jim, I always thought since they harvest the eggs from big trout (20"+) that they were the largest contribution to spawning. I have don't keep trout over 16" anymore, because I have a beautiful 21" brown on my wall, and that good enough for me. I only fish trout down there two three time a year and love a meal of trout. I throw back far more than I keep and would do nothing to hurt the population, but I not sure I like this new proposal. I guess more info may change my mind.
Thanks for any info.

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