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This fish was probably the most beautiful fish I have ever caught. Amazing pattern, not a single scratch or blemish anywhere on its body and built like the fish you see from the great lakes. I was even treated to the good ol' line peeling big trout run. My day was made!

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nice fish, where and when did you catch that.

St.Croix south of the Kinnicinic(sp?) (the Kinni is where they are said to come in from) and the camera says Apr. 28th 6:53pm grin

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What the??

On the Croix?

Sweet Catch!!!

Wisconsin stocks the following that drain into the St. Croix with Brown Trout (these from Polk and St. Croix counties):

Apple River

Trade River

Wolf Creek

Osceola Creek (which last year was also stocked with Rainbows)

Willow River (also stocked with Rainbows)

Kinnickinnic River (unstocked but healthy population)

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I have caught a couple down there in the spring but never that big. very nice fish

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Used to catch them in the backwaters where the apple river comes in. Of course the apple's water quality isn't what it once was, even the smallies and walleyes have moved on for the most part. MANY years ago my dad caught a brook trout at the old marine access at the mouth of the creek.

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So how does that work if you catch a brown trout in the croix, and don't have a trout stamp?

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So how does that work if you catch a brown trout in the croix, and don't have a trout stamp?

You would have to release the fish.

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Licensing, size limits, seasons, etc. didn't even cross my mind once I saw this fish boatside. I was just taken back by the fish and wanted to look at it in my hands and let it go! I think the season and licensing requirements would follow that of the tributaries, size limits may be the gray area since alot of the tributaries have different restrictions regarding that, although one can assume which trib the fish came from. But assuming doesn't always cut it with the DNR wink. My advice would be, when in doubt let it go.

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biggest reason I think more are not caught is their are usually out in the main channel winter/ early spring. Not many fisherman out there. same can be had in the mississippi during cold water.

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