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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wondering Why You're Catching More Rainbows On The Farmington??

So if you've been fishing in and outside the Farmington W/B TMA you've probably noticed that a lot more of these guys are showing up in your net than in recent years.  I know a about 4-5 months back Neal from the DEP had mentioned that a viable possibility for boosting the future wild stocks of brown trout on the Farmington may very well be to stock rainbow trout instead.  Well it looks like operation rainbow is already under way.

I found out today that the DEP has had to switch gears in terms of fish production.  Here is what I learned;

"There was a shift in the production of large trophy fish with more rainbows than browns being produced. This is because the rainbows grow better and we can produce a bigger and more consistent product.  In past years about  38% of the fish stocked were rainbows. To date 79% of the fish stocked into the Farmington have been rainbows". 

Hmmm?!?!?  I hope this isn't a sign of what's in store for the future of the "Survivor Program", it would be pretty disheartening to see all that hard work over the past 10 years to build a very strong population of holdover and wild brown trout go down the tubes in lieu of financial constraints.

Don't get me wrong, catching anything with fins is fun, and I am not knocking the rainbows as they can be some of the funnest fish to pull on the end of your line.  But, the success of the survivor strain brown trout program on the Farmington has provided all of us anglers with some fantastic fishing 12 months out of the year, and I would hate to see any of this change.  Hopefully this isn't the case, as I am certain a lot of you who frequent the river enjoy catching fish like these.  Let's wait and see what's in store.

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