cutthroat fry survival ?

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  1. skyrise

    skyrise Active Member

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    we have some lakes stocked with cutthroat fry. i have caught a few. mostly small, 4-6 inches.
    do that many survive or are they just food for larger fish ?
     
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    Yes, and cormorants and other bird of prey, that seem to follow the trucks.
     
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    Yeah, and right behind the birds will be the bass boats throwing large plastic minnow baits!
     
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    Historically in Western Washington in trout only waters it was not uncommon to see survival for planted fry to the catchable size the following year to be in 25 to 50% range. Since the 1980s as mentioned by others the increased numbers of predators and more importantly most of lakes convert to "mixed species" management the survival of planted trout fry has fallen dramatically - ranging from essentially zero to maybe as high as 10%. That survival is dependent on the size of the fry planted (larger does better than smaller), the time of year planted (fall plants due better than those planted earlier), and the specifics of the lake and the species complex found in it.

    Generally speaking cutthroat will do poorer than rainbows but often produce a higher portion that survive beyond that first year.

    Curt
     
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    "Mixed species" management? Is that a euphemism for lakes that have experienced illegal stocking of bass and other non-native fish?
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    with such a low survival. have to wonder why some lakes are stocked with cutties ?
    seems like it would be a waste of money ? on the other hand, the few lakes i have fished that get brown trout fry seem to do better for survival.
    so trust that WDFW know's what lakes are better for survival than we do.
    or is it a pitch to get more License sales ?
    thanks for the input.
     

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