Trout Fishing on the decline?
I am new to trout fishing and have a few questons: I will be fishing in central WI from shore and kayaking with small spinners and small rapalas.
what size and type of line should I be using ?
What length, and action rod should I use ?
I seem do you set the hook hard or just keep pressure on them ? ( I seem to have them get off alot)
I would say the exact opposite. Trout numbers are up and size is down. Maybe it is me just knowing the streams better now then even 5 years ago, but I catch enough trout just have to work for some size. Small trout taste better anyways and are easy to cook.
Robollios post brings back memories for me too. Used to put my rod in a backpack and bike down to Oak creek to fish too, when I was 13. Lived at 120th and Howard in Greenfield and would bike all the way to Pewaukee and Denoon Lakes. Im 56 now but still bushwackin and portaging my kayak on the big creeks, lol
I do agree with the regs being overcomplicated but I don't see those changing anytime soon. If anything, I can see more C&R regs on the books.
I find trout numbers excellent and the size very good. The regulations are complicated, but that is all I really remember. I was a little boy when the new style WI trout regulations book came out, but I still smile when I remember the look of confusion and dismay on my father's face. Reading fishing related maps, fishing literature, and regulation booklets are a hobby of mine. I am used to complicated regulations and enjoy looking for new opportunities hidden in the "mess". Of course I realize this makes me the minority.
I think all aquatic resources need to be tightly managed to ensure both numbers of fish and trophy fish within the same individual aquatic resource. However, the availability of fish to harvest for excellent nutrition from the very same resources is also vital.
Trout regulations need to be streamlined and revamped with simple and mostly universal slot limits to completely protect trophy trout which are the best reproducers and pass on the best genetics while allowing anglers to keep a few 10-14" (for instance) eaters. WI and MN reg books could be about 20% of their current thickness and do a better job of improving all our fisheries and make most everyone happier.
Hang in there
Adam Glickman www.honestmusky.com