09-07-2001, 02:29 PM
I was informed the other day with some very sad news. Likely the most productive Brook Trout river in the state had an illegal stocking of Smallmouths a few years ago. Smallmouths can co-exist with Salmon, but they just provide way too much competition for the Brookies. SAD. On top of that the water is so low and so warm...... prospect for fall fishing before the end of the fishing season. ..................... Don't get me wrong, we'll still be able to slay some hogs before the end of the season!! HAs anyone out there been doin' anything in the freshwater in Maine or New Hampshire???? Lets hear about I got info to share if anyone has interest!
09-07-2001, 02:34 PM
Aaron, are you talking about the Rapid River? I'm aware of that illegal stocking, and rumor has it that the DIF&W will impose no length or bag limit on the bass within that river. Some have even suggested that it be mandatory to keep any bass caught, regardless of size, no catch and release.
09-07-2001, 03:59 PM
You got it my friend. To all who attend this river, please for the sake of this river kill all the Smallmouths that you catch. Maine has plenty of great Bass holes and we don't need the finest river in the state to go bad!!
09-13-2001, 08:52 AM
I was on the rapid river down by Umbagog a few weeks back. All landlocks - not a single brookie, and yes, lots and lots of smallmouths in the still water just below the rapids. The folks up in Rangeley are all up in arms, but the no-kill rule on the river applies to smallies, too. The guy in the tackle store in Oonsuc (sp?) was rather alarmed about the bass. They are discussing mandatory bass culling, but it's hard for folks to kill and dump back a fish - any fish.
I'd be very curious to hear opinions on the ethics of angler culling. Sometimes, whay I catch a sucker in brookie waters, I wonder about killing it, but somehow never do.
09-13-2001, 02:06 PM
If you look at posted signs near the Pond In the River and make reference to Fishing Regulations for Pond in the river(Rapid River) there is no bag limit on Bass...... As far as suckers go, you will find that they are the a natural occurence in almost all maine trout rivers. The suckers serve a natural vacuum cleaner helping to keep the river clean. Furthermore, when the suckers spawn in the river, trout fishing can liven up with egg patterns. So in answer to the Rapid specifically, no need to kill Suckers, they don't pose the threat of immediete competition to Brookies. SMB on the otherhand will always out compete the Native Brookies. Everyone out there has the compasity to make their own decisions. May the force be with you.