Goosepondmonster, spainy79, strippitman, and myself met at 9am this morning for the trout opener and things were S-L-O-W! It was frustrating for a while as folks were catching them on both sides of us using floating trout dough bait. Finally, Goose got on the board with his first ever rainbow(note the AWESOME jacket)...
I had out a worm on the bottom and kept chucking a little rooster tail and finally, after what seemed like hours later, I was able to land my first. Not much later I landed a couple on consecutive casts and then it was a mission for a limit. I landed my fifth and looked over at Strip to give him crap about getting skunked when his line went tight and he landed his first and only of the day.
I think the final tally was Goose 1 for 4, Strip 1 for 2, me 5 for 6 and a large mouth, and not sure about spainy because he was going back for more.
Oh, and thanks for the Bourbon Barrel beer, Lee! That was good stuff!
Glad you liked the beer Troy. I was unable to make it back out there so the skunk stayed with me. I'm not worried though cause I only live 10 minutes from Island. I foresee myself going back out there tomorrow after work.
Post by goosepondmonster on Apr 3, 2013 14:48:40 GMT -5
I emailed the wildlife biologist at Minnehaha with some questions about the trout stocking. He forwarded my message to the region's fisheries biologist.
My questions were...
How many get released at Island/Airline?
Do you know how many are harvested each year?
Where do they raise them and how long are they there before they are released?
And his response...
-This spring, there were 1,774 trout stocked at Island pit and 606 stocked at Airline pit. We also 549 at Maple ave. nature park in Terre Haute.
-In 2009, we conducted a trout angler creel survey of Island pit .
“April 1 through 5, 2009, there were an estimated 243 anglers that fished 946 h (Table 1). The total harvest for the first five days of the season was an estimated 491 trout (Table 2). Approximately 18% of the stocked trout were harvested during this time.”
-These trout are purchased as eggs, hatched and raised at Curtis Creek state fish hatchery in northern Indiana. They are raised in concrete raceways from spring through the summer. In the Fall they are sent to Avoca state fish hatchery and raised until the following spring when they are stocked into the lakes.
- The trout were bigger this year ranging in length from 11.7 to 13.3 inches. I just got another email from a trout fishermen and they thought the fishing was slow as well. Between 3 of them they did catch 20 over 2 days, which doesn’t sound too bad to me. In 2009, the trout catch rate was around 2 fish per angler per trip.