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This spring on a trip to Silver Lake we arrived at the end of a Children's fishing program. We waited until it was over before heading out on the lake, but noticed all the fish caught were Speckled Trout which had just been released for this event. This raises the question, if you catch a Speckle ice fishing on Silver Lake I assume you must release it as the regulations only state Rainbows may be retained.
 

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100% correct, going to be harder to get the bows this year I'll probably only catch the brookies with my luck. Seems like this is what happens to me in the lakes with moreb than just bows guess I'll have to fish that much more. Pretty much the only fish I keep are during the ice season
 

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Correct sir, although I am hoping that with the experimental hard water brookie season this year in a couple of select lakes I'm hoping they will open a few lakes around here for a winter speckle fishery. They are a blast through the ice.

Another fish I think would be a great fish to try in a few of the winter rainbow lakes would be splake. They grow fast, and are very active and aggressive through the ice, making for a very exciting day on the water. They are also I believe sterile being a hybrid of lake trout and brook trout, making the population fairly easy to maintain. They do well and want to stock more, then they can, they don't do well they can stop the stocking and the population will decline be gone over time.
 

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I hope people fishing with bait don't do too much damage to the brookies as they have to be released and I hope they survive.

I agree Splake would be great in some of the deeper cooler lakes. I'd love to fish them thru the ice
 

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Robbie, I believe the speckled trout are stocked in Silver Lake. I could be wrong but if I am right what rational would it make to alright to keep a stocked rainbow and let a stocked brookie go? I see no difference between a stocked rainbow and a stocked brookie, it's just a different tank in the hatchery and the only purpose to to provide fishing opportunity and put and take fisheries. Wild native brookies, well thats entirely different. If there are wild brookies in Silver Lake well they should be released and no hatchery brookies allowed to be stocked. Just saying!
 

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i think there should be more put and take waters open for winter fishing and the limit should be changed from 2 bows to 2 trout
brookie or bow if there stocked for the sole purpose of being caught why not let us fish them year round
 

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i think there should be more put and take waters open for winter fishing and the limit should be changed from 2 bows to 2 trout
brookie or bow if there stocked for the sole purpose of being caught why not let us fish them year round
I agree, I've seen brook trout released that were bleeding pretty bad, I practice catch and release, but on the open water those are keepers for me. I'm talking about stocked lakes, it was stated at the rfac meeting that since 2007 all stocked brookies are female and not intended as breeders

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I agree, alot will be badly hooked I've sen alot of guys use size 12 and 14 hooks so they should probably just be taken home as alot don't just cut their line and release the fish they tug and pull b/c heaven for bid they loose a stupid hook. They're stocked anyway so why not make it a two trout rule for lakes stocked with booth bows and speckies. Now meadow pond would be a diff story there are some nice wild brook trout in there so we can only hope they don't get gutted
 

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i think some people need to relearn to fish
fishing sensitive equipment and staying in good contact with the the tackle on the end of you line
cuts down on deep hooking big time
if i wasn't using a ice jig last year i had a size 16 or 18 hook on
with a spring bobber you pick up on the bites way sooner
 

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these guys aren't holdingb there rods or aren't paying attention like you say I've used small hooks and rarely have a problem but I watch my line like a hawk and if the indiv has the intention of keeping hi/her catch that is why they prob aren't concerned abt deep hooking which isn't a prob if it is a bow and you can legally keep it
 
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