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What do you do when you find a juicy redd?

I found one yesterday and I`m ethically confused.
Should you leave it alone and let the fish propagate,
cash and release and go easy on what you catch or should
you fire up the frying pan and have at it?
I`m leaning toward the second alternative,but I`m
open to suggestions....
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I found one yesterday and I`m ethically confused.
Should you leave it alone and let the fish propagate,
cash and release and go easy on what you catch or should
you fire up the frying pan and have at it?
I`m leaning toward the second alternative,but I`m
open to suggestions....

Serious question? If they're on a redd, they *wayyyyyyyyyy* past their prime as a sport fish and as a food fish. Leave them alone.

Why not hook them:
  • no challenge in hooking the fish, they're protecting the redd, of course they'll bite. If its no challenge, why spend $1K on gear, and spend time learning how to cast and fish a fly when literally anything will work. No satisfaction in that.
  • The fish is 99.999% of the way towards reproducing, why jeopardize that for a boring 30 second tug of war?
  • if they have already spawned and you drag the doe off the redd, sculpin, trout or other egg-eaters can come in and raid the redd.
  • If you hook the buck, you might tire it and allow a weaker male to come in and take his doe... result: weaker offspring. Hook the doe and you may blueball the buck.

If its a hatchery fish spawning in a wild river, staple them both to a tree
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You should make a note where the redd is, perhaps look for more to confirm if it's a general spawning area, and then walk on by.

Let your fishing buddies know that it's an area to avoid fishing in, & let the fish get on with what nature intended.

Remember the same area for next year at the same time, and again, walk on by!

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My feelings are if your pulling fish off the redds and you know they are on the redds, your a bad man.

You should not be ethically confused about this... Just saying
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Let's just hope Otis48 is trying to get a rise (pun intended) out of us. I mean, really, really, hope. No way he could be serious, right? I mean, really?
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Walk on by admire it if you like but just keep on walking! I know the temptation to pull a 30" plus fish out of water is tempting but it just not sporting to rip fish off redds! Now here in the Southern Great Lakes they love to rip fish off the redds in the spring. To each there own, and I normally dont fish for steelhead inthe spring due to the lack of respect to the fish. Sure its a pellethead, and sure its a catch kill and rape fishery. I have my limits like some other people do, but to pull fish out of the water in his/her sex craze haze I feel is unethical.

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bu...bu...but Tom..how are the "outfitters" going to get hero shots and run numbers...?

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Getting the same answers on two boards. Did you post this question up on any others? If you did I would bet you are getting the same answers there also. Ummmmmmm a trend.


Perhaps you should do as the others do.

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Let's just hope Otis48 is trying to get a rise (pun intended) out of us. I mean, really, really, hope. No way he could be serious, right? I mean, really?
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Leave the fish on the redds alone.
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you fire up the frying pan and have at it?
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your bluegills sure do spawn at weird times....
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Throw big rocks in to get them moving around, and off the redds. Then fish for them.

You're an idiot.
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WOW!!! Read this first thing this morning and went by it because I thought it was a joke.
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This simply cannot be a serious inquiry.
I refuse to believe that.
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My local river is "populated" by mostly hatchery fish. Wouldn't I be ethically obligated try and pull the hatchery fish and give em a swift bonk to the noggin? I've thought about this, but I never actively look for the redds as the fish rarely spawn in the holes I regular.
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