I use pretty big hooks when I fish with worms and rarely deep hook a trout because of this. I rarely keep trout to eat but most days catch 20-30 and on a bad day might kill two. Anyone who kills 10 out of 30 is a terrible fisherman. Most worm dunkers use way too small of hooks though or dont set the hook fast enough. I also always go barbless. Catch and release would work well, if most people were not idiots.
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MOON PHASE (95%)
46° - 50° F
Fished a stream in SW Wisconsin Saturday morning. Water very high and muddy.Shorelines very muddy in areas. We did get lots of Browns 8-16 inches. No Brook or Raindows-as usual. Used crawlers. Most, but not all released-especially very small and very large ones. I noticed lots of changes in the stream due to heavy rains.
Those two fish were caught on Little Scarboro Creek which is the only stream know to naturally reproduce significant amounts of coho salmon (http://dnr.wi.gov/water/waterDetail.aspx?key=10171) in the area (maybe a little more north-eastern?). I would argue they are salmon given they were the same size as the adult brook trout I caught in the stream but have a very different coloration and a deeply forked tail. That being said I won't claim I am an expert on identifying fish and could very well be wrong.
MOON PHASE (91%)
Went fishing on a couple east central Wisconsin trout streams with a friend. Used a combination of spinners, jigs and worms. We both caught some brook and rainbow trout and some really big creek chubs 9"+. He caught the largest fishing, a 12" brook trout, but I had a little more diversity and caught two small coho salmon parr.
It's been tried numerous times before, but if you think another post on CNR will help, good for you. I don't keep but don't look down my nose at those who do as long as they're doing it legally. I guess to each his own. As long as many don't keep we'll probably be ok. Not great, but ok. It's on the DNR to implement more catch and release streams and reduce the limits. I've rang their bell on that a number of times, but it seems to have fallen on deaf ears. I'm getting too long in the tooth to worry a lot over people keeping fish they've caught legitimately.
I cringe everytime I look at this thread. If you guys practiced more cpr and didnt treat the fish bad for a few pictures. We would have bigger fish. Out west no one keeps. Not saying its not your right to keep within the limits. Maybe we would see more fish like the 31.5 that was caught the other week. But since it was in the paper im sure that place is just getting crushed now. Sad