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  • I went trout fishing yesterday in what's said to be a hot spot but with no luck. I've been told though that the fish there were

    I went trout fishing yesterday in what's said to be a hot spot but with no luck. I've been told though that the fish there were stocked, so is it possible to fish out a trout stream with stocked trout.

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    Yes it's very easy to fish out stocked streams, or especilly a single hole in a stocked stream. Also, head downstream a ways and try. Stocked fish eventually head this way. Don't know where you're at, but if the water temp came up recently, that could be your problem. There's a reason stocked streams need to be stocked, you know?

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    • #3
      Steve gives good advice. You need to get downstream of the popular fishin holes to where some fish have escaped capture.

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      • #4
        well if it is called a "hot spot" everyone would fish that one area so give it a few weeks and fish should begin to appear again

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        • #5
          Yes that stream can very well be fished out, stocked trout are one of the easiest fish to catch due to their willingness to take almost anything.

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          • #6
            Could get fished out, but .... I just got off a pond stocked with nice rainbows. Got to get as many as possible out for the dinner table before the water gets too warm. I notice that they are getting spookier and harder to fool with a fly. Some do wise up. You could have just hit it at a bad time, too. Some might also run upstream - is there a weir or dam upstream anywhere?

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            • #7
              Very possible to fish out a stocked system. Sometimes that is the very reason they stock it - to let people catch and take home for dinner.

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              • #8
                Very easy too! You see the fish that are there will be fished our but not till the next stocking. other trout up stream will head into that spot. im sure there not gone just smart. you see, if you saw a bunch of your friends and every time they tried to eat food floating around and when the did they got pulled away and out of the water, would you eat the food? I sure hope not.

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                • #9
                  You need to look at a river like it was a set of stairs. if your fishing at the top step , then the trout have only 1 way to go..DOWN.. This meens you need to find that next step down river where they will pool up again. All those streams and creeks up above that wash down into each other , also send them trout down to the next hole. Makes for good fishing all year around. just need to keep working your way down river to follow the trout

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                  • #10
                    It's very unlikely that the stream is actually fished out. I live in the Ozarks, the land of stocked trout streams, and I will tell you that you can always find some trout, if you fish smart. First of all, you really need to find water temps at or under 70 degrees. That might mean finding areas where spring seeps dump into the stream, or it might mean moving to the headwaters of the stream you are fishing.

                    Also, you'll need to get away from the heavily fished pools. About half of the trout that get put into the stream usually will stay in the pool where it was stocked, and those are the fish that the typical bait angler brings home. What you need to find are areas where the average fisherman doesn't look, places that aren't exactly obvious. Riffles and faster pools that are harder to fish will be your best bet to get into holdover trout. It is even better if you can find such areas a half mile or a mile from the nearest access point. Also, instead of using powerbait, and doughbaits, etc, you'll do better with worms, as well as small spinners and spoons. Probably the best lure for this kind of fishing is a size 0 Mepp's spinner, but lots of other lures work. So the moral of the story is, if you can find a secluded area to fish, and cool water, you'll still find some fish. You just have to be willing to work for it.

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                    • #11
                      streams like that get fished out quickly due to the ignorant to keep every fish they catch....no offense to the people who actually eat 'em for dinner later on

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