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Does it harm trout to catch them, leave them on your stringer in the water, then if you catcha bigger one, let the one sitting on your stringer all day go? I know some fish can't take being in shallow or warm water long, so i wondered if this was true for trout?

Question by mountaindew732. Uploaded on April 11, 2010

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from shane wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Trout need to either be released immediately or kept and killed. It's not a bass tournament.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 1 week ago

HE'S RIGHT!

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from hunt and fish wrote 4 years 1 week ago

It's not as bad if the water is flowing but either way the fish will probably die if you let it go so either keep the first one or both.

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from mountaindew732 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

thanks guys

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 1 week ago

sringers are no good for trout especially.

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from James Stugart wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Yes it will hurt their gills.

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from Btru5507 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

It would probably kill them

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from Evan Delp wrote 4 years 1 week ago

-what doesn't kill them only makes them stronger.

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from mountaindew732 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

what about a rope style stringer?

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Rope stringer is worse on the fish than the metal clips. I put the metal clip though the soft skin on the bottom of the mouth and the fish stay alive and very feisty and energetic all day. However most people do not handle a fish gently enough or get it back in the water quick enough to be able to release a fish healthy enough to survive if it has been placed on a stringer. Also some fish just the stress of being caught and creeled is enough that they will not survive. So I pretty much believe as the others said once you creel the fish keep it.

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Trout are very sensitive and not as tough as bass or pretty much any of the other popular gamefish. You should never mess with a trout's gills if you plan on releasing the fish. NEVER stick you finger in a trouts gills for a picture, they just can't handle it like other species. Catchign them alone is rough enough on them.

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from prairieghost wrote 4 years 1 week ago

if they are stocker fish, kill them right away and chill them. if there are wild-born, release carefully so they will be there for the next guy. NO to trout and stringers.

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from jwallen wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Release the big ones and eat the smaller ones. The breeding potential is in the bigger fish.

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from themadtoruter wrote 4 years 1 week ago

me and my friend did the with brook trout they were all half dead but we were eating them anyways. try a bucket

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from Panfry101 wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

Yes, it'll be dead after 1 or 2 hours.

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from fasted wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Well just yesterday I had to man handle a 14" Brownie as I had lost my pliers, by the time I got the poor thing untangled from the hook and line I thought it was dead so I put it on a line stringer in a sheltered riffle and kept on fishing. When I put him in the water he was belly up but I slowly got him up right after about 15 minutes he was pulling at that stringer so I felt pretty confident he would make it and let him go. He held his own in that riffle so I think I maqde the right decision. But to answer your question don't cull trout.

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from zackm wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Trout can be very sensitive animals. Keeping a trout on a stringer and then releasing it later, even if the fish swims aways, can kill the fish.

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from shane wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Trout need to either be released immediately or kept and killed. It's not a bass tournament.

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from hunt and fish wrote 4 years 1 week ago

It's not as bad if the water is flowing but either way the fish will probably die if you let it go so either keep the first one or both.

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 1 week ago

sringers are no good for trout especially.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Rope stringer is worse on the fish than the metal clips. I put the metal clip though the soft skin on the bottom of the mouth and the fish stay alive and very feisty and energetic all day. However most people do not handle a fish gently enough or get it back in the water quick enough to be able to release a fish healthy enough to survive if it has been placed on a stringer. Also some fish just the stress of being caught and creeled is enough that they will not survive. So I pretty much believe as the others said once you creel the fish keep it.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 1 week ago

HE'S RIGHT!

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from mountaindew732 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

thanks guys

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from James Stugart wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Yes it will hurt their gills.

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Trout are very sensitive and not as tough as bass or pretty much any of the other popular gamefish. You should never mess with a trout's gills if you plan on releasing the fish. NEVER stick you finger in a trouts gills for a picture, they just can't handle it like other species. Catchign them alone is rough enough on them.

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from prairieghost wrote 4 years 1 week ago

if they are stocker fish, kill them right away and chill them. if there are wild-born, release carefully so they will be there for the next guy. NO to trout and stringers.

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from jwallen wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Release the big ones and eat the smaller ones. The breeding potential is in the bigger fish.

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from themadtoruter wrote 4 years 1 week ago

me and my friend did the with brook trout they were all half dead but we were eating them anyways. try a bucket

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from zackm wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Trout can be very sensitive animals. Keeping a trout on a stringer and then releasing it later, even if the fish swims aways, can kill the fish.

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from Btru5507 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

It would probably kill them

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from mountaindew732 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

what about a rope style stringer?

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from Panfry101 wrote 3 years 52 weeks ago

Yes, it'll be dead after 1 or 2 hours.

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from fasted wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Well just yesterday I had to man handle a 14" Brownie as I had lost my pliers, by the time I got the poor thing untangled from the hook and line I thought it was dead so I put it on a line stringer in a sheltered riffle and kept on fishing. When I put him in the water he was belly up but I slowly got him up right after about 15 minutes he was pulling at that stringer so I felt pretty confident he would make it and let him go. He held his own in that riffle so I think I maqde the right decision. But to answer your question don't cull trout.

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from Evan Delp wrote 4 years 1 week ago

-what doesn't kill them only makes them stronger.

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