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joe 09-11-2017 02:49 PM

Update on East Sevier above Tropic Res., Utah

Newby 09-12-2017 10:30 AM

"Nielson emphasized that nonnative sport fish have a place in Western streams, but eliminating them from select streams, he said, is in the best interest of the angling community."

Not sure I agree with that. Killing of a long-established population of game fish for one that may struggle to get established and thrive is like letting a bird in the hand fly away for two in the bush. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love native fish, and want them to occupy plenty of miles of stream, especially in their native range. I just don't agree that killing a healthy population of sport fish off is in the best interest of the angling community. It's in the best interest of biologists, maybe, but not the angling community. Yes, it's awesome to be able to catch native fish in their historic range, but there are other options for reintroduction.

I like seeing a mixture of reintroduction efforts. One thing they recently did in the Gila national forest was re-introduce gila trout to streams that once had non-native trout, but were killed off by the fires several years ago. Now the streams have rebounded and can support a new population, so it makes sense to start over with native fish. I wish I saw more of this, rather than killing an awesome stream to begin a decade long re-introduction process where fishing will either be limited (they mention stocking tigers) or completely disallowed in the meantime. I understand killing the non-native fish in some streams to expand the range of native fish, I just think certain game and fish departments take it to the extreme.

I also understand that when native fish are on the verge of being eliminated from their range, we can't just sit around and wait for a fire to provide a reintroduction opportunity. Regardless, there are so many other options, including fertile streams that may not be utilized as much as recreational fishing water, to introduce the native fish into, that it hurts me a little bit to see a great water that fishes well now getting killed off because those trout in it aren't "Native".

Anyways, that's my spiel for the day. Though I will say I had a blast catching some native greenback cutties in a little mountain stream an hour away from my house the other day.

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