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 Post subject: Fish on the SOHO
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:50 am 
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A buddy who is a biologist in Mid Tenn. was talking to one of his cohorts in E Tenn. and this guy says that he would like to see more people keeping trout on the SOHO because there are too many small trout in the river.

This may floor you,but this biologist says that they have shocked up over 500 trout in one hour on the SOHO and there are as high as 10,000 trout per mile in some parts of it. :o

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 Post subject: Re: Fish on the SOHO
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:17 pm 
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Time to break out the old stringer.My wife would love me more if I brought home fish.She asked .Did you go fishin? Why didn't you bring any home?

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 Post subject: Re: Fish on the SOHO
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:32 pm 
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It's a conundrum. If everyone kept their limit, there'd soon be no fish. On the other hand, if, once in a while, a person were to keep one or two, it would probably be better for the fishery.

Steve Moore has been saying the same thing about the brook trout in the Smokies....


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 Post subject: Re: Fish on the SOHO
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Looks like I may eat a few streamside and bring a few home for a family meal next time I fish the SOHO.

The regs on the SOHO seem sound to me:

South Holston River:South Holston Dam to Hwy. 37 Bridge at Bluff City

16–22 inch protected length range on all trout
7 trout creel limit, only one trout may be greater than 22 inches
Closed to all fishing Nov. 1–Jan. 31 in the following areas:
Hickory Tree Bridge upstream to the confluence with Bottom Creek
downstream point of Boy’s Island (first island downstream of Weaver Pike Bridge) upstream to the top of the first island above Webb Road Bridge

Have talked to biologists from several states over the years. Hook and line fishing is the least of the worries to fish populations. Habitat degradation is what kills the most fish.

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 Post subject: Re: Fish on the SOHO
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:51 pm 
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I plan on eating much more trout this year. Breaking out the stringer for sure. :o


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 Post subject: Re: Fish on the SOHO
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:54 pm 
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mudpuppy and I have been keeping 5 or 6 each trip. Browns and Bows! Muppy has been know to hedge on that 16" mark...may have kept a fish or two that could have been over......eh Tim! :shock: ;)



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 Post subject: Re: Fish on the SOHO
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:49 pm 
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I only eat wild fish with their heads on :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: Fish on the SOHO
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:15 am 
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pansyman wrote:
I only eat wild fish with their heads on :twisted:


SOHO browns are wild fish....knock yourself out Carter! ;) :D

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 Post subject: Re: Fish on the SOHO
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:36 pm 
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After all the years we've been having PFF's.... maybe it's time to enjoy fresh trout for a change. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Fish on the SOHO
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:21 am 
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BackwoodsJoe wrote:
After all the years we've been having PFF's.... maybe it's time to enjoy fresh trout for a change. ;)


PFF Fish Fry next year? :o

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