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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:43 pm • #  
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A friend of mine showed me some photos of his Dad’s lucky catch in the Brador Lakes in Cape Breton. 5 pretty large Rainbows. The images were on his phone, about 24 inches or 60 CM.

These are tidal lakes that are less saline than the ocean.

There is a Aquaculture Industry that raises Rainbow Trout for the foodmarket. We had a Hurricane in September which caused a sea surge that drove hundreds of fish over the top of the enclosure netting and now the escaped fish are hitting anything you throw at them.

Since it is tidal, you can fish all year I believe. I wonder if the surviving fish will spawn and start a Steelhead sport fishery.

Wishing I lived up that way.

G. Glen Simpson


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:46 am • #  
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A few days ago the fellow at work had a photo on his phone, a 7 pound rainbow trout. If there has to be an accidental fish release, at least it is a decent fish. Rainbows are found in some lakes here.

Other lakes have had illegal transplanting of Chain Pickerel by anglers because they are fun to catch. So were the trout and landlocked salmon that now are gone from these lakes.

Glen again


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Glen,
We have both Steelhead and Rainbow Trout here in Michigan. As you know Rainbow Trout and Steelhead are in the same species except with different lifestyles. The difference is that Steelhead are anadromous and spend part of their lives in the sea (or Great Lakes) before going to fresh water rivers or streams to spawn. Rainbow trout spend their lives mostly or entirely in freshwater.

Here in Michigan "Steelies" (as they are known here) are a fantastic fishery (not saying anything against Rainbows) and many fisherman do nothing but go after them. They can get huge gorging themselves on abundant prey in the Great Lakes. When they eventually go up stream to spawn, fishermen without Great Lake 'sized' boats can have a go at them, wading in streams. When you get one on its like having a freight train on the end of your line. :sBo_bounce2:

It will be interesting to see if the escaped Steelhead will eventually go back up your freshwater streams and rivers to attempt to spawn. If they do get ready for some fantastic angling not to mention scrumptious eating.

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Bill :tup


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Thanks Bill,

I just wish that I lived closer! It is about 3 hours away.

I was born and raised in Ontario, near the mouth of the St Clair River, 5 or so miles from Algonac, Mi. I grew up fishing the north east corner of Lake St Clair and the St Clair delta. We did not have Steelhead or Rainbows, they were just being introduced about the time I left to join the Navy in 1966. We mostly targeted Walleyes, Pike and Bass as well as panfish. Lots of fun.

Best wishes, glad the site is back up.

G. Glen Simpson
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.


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After a month, I am back on this. Joe, the guy at work told me today his father and uncle are down at the edge of the ice, still catching these escaped Rainbows. He says the Brasdor lakes have huge smelt in them, The fishermen are baiting with them and casting a one ounce weight far out, then bringing them in.

Since the lakes are tidal, you don’t need a licence and the season doesn’t apply. Joe’s uncle is 85.

Glen in Nova Scotia


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