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blair5002 #358198 11/25/13 11:48 AM
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Now get out there and pop some YP! Post photos, and send some of that chilly air our way in NE - we need some ice!


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As some of you know I have been struggling to keep fish in my lake since we moved here in 08. I have never seen any fish under the ice until today!!! 3 rainbow trout have cruised by the camera in an hour. Though they haven't taken my hook I am still very excited to see them. grin

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Harvested my first fish ever(5yrs trying) out of my lake this morning. I put 275 rainbow trout in mid may at 5". I placed a 50 foot gill net at let it sit over night. This morning we pulled out 13 trout average just a about 2 lbs. They are healthy, fat and full of fresh water shrimp with a deep pink/orange flesh. Brining for the smoker!! /[/img]

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I pulled one rt out last night that was 20" and weighed 4.5 lbs. I can't find any wr charts for rainbows but I think it will be high on the charts.


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A pond/lk 20" rainbow has standard weight of 3.44 which puts the WR of Blair's trout at 130. Nice trout. Setting a gill net under the ice is an good accomplishment. Nice job.

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Blair, the standard weight tables for rainbow trout and brook trout will be in the next issue of Pond Boss. If you want copies now, send me an email. David.Willis@sdstate.edu


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Thanks for the info. They are in the smoker right now


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What to go - that's an absolute hog!


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Ready for smoking.
[/img] He doesn't have the Condello technique down but here is the 4.5lb rt [/img]


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It's hard to have do the Condello pose with thick mittens on!! (Not that I would know)
Congrats Blair!! When should I expect my smoked trout sample in the mail?


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WOW ! Those are so fat/big they don't look like RT ! Nice work ! Is there any forage other than shrimp ? Must be.
















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Just bugs and shrimp by the billions.

A list of bugs I have seen

Acari water mites
Round worm nematode s
Caddisflies
Dragonfly larvae
Waterboatman
Giant water bug

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Well this winter I shut down half of my aeration system thinking it would still be fine. The last 2 days I have seen at least 2 dead trout get plucked out of the melting ice by seagulls. Last winter was more likely to have a fish kill here and they survived with the aeration running full capacity. Next winter it will be running full out again.

Kind of a bummer


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Blair:

Two out of how many in there? It could be that they just died of natural causes if you don't see many more. I usually have a half dozen fish croak over the winter no matter what I do.


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Thanks Scott I am still hopeful. The ice will be off in the next couple of days and that will tell a better story.


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Unfortunately, many trout sink after they die, so you might not see a lot of floaters.

The only way to know for sure is to wait until it warms up a bit and fish it. Or, if they were eating pellets last year, feed 'em.


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