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Old 10-13-2017, 11:31 PM
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Default Don't fish for Brook trout during spawning? Opinions

Just wanting to see what everyone's opinion on fishing for native brookies while spawning, and the time brookies start spawning here in north ga. I haven't seen any heavy spawning colors or activity yet where I've fished.
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Old 10-14-2017, 04:36 PM
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interested in thoughts Ive held off all summer from my favorite brookie hole and was planning on going this fall.
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:53 PM
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At one time wasn't it illegal?

Now its not. So the biologists must not have problems with it
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:51 AM
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If we closed every stream during each spawning season, there would be no time to fish except the dog days of summer which are the worst time to fish for trout anyway.

I don't see any issue with fishing during spawning season per say. I have a big issue with targeting fish that are actively sitting on redds and carelessly stomping through the stream without regard to the redds.

Fish carefully. Watch where you step. Other than that, I don't see any problem.

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Old 10-16-2017, 12:56 PM
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I see no harm in it, but I'm careful about where I step if they have redds going.
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Old 10-16-2017, 01:33 PM
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Many streams in GA were closed to fishing during spawning season until just recently.
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:04 AM
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The closed season was more for protecting the eggs and spawn habitat than the fish themselves. In some states you cannot drag ANYTHING that will disturb the bottom. Some streams we closed so nobody would wade through the beds.
I think they should worry about bank erosion more than closing the season for fishin personally!
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:55 PM
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For brookies my concerns are a)temps and b)water levels. If the temps are safe and water levels arehn't ridiculous, fish away...
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