I defended you last time you posted a harvested bull trout, but I have since come to realize, just because WDFW says it is legal to do so doesn't mean it is an acceptable practice. It is still your choice to kill these animals, (hopefully not for long) but you clearly know how the people on this forum feel about the killing of such a unique animal and how they will react. Yet you post it anyway. Go to the salt and catch a pink if you want fish for the table. I hope this time you do some research and realize how fragile many of these populations are and change your habits.
Yes they do. I caught 4 bulls in that hole over two days and let 3 go, including the biggest one which was a couple pounds heavier than this one. I would think all the steelhead fanatics would be pleased that one less bull will be eating their eggs. I am concerned that other trout species in the areas I fish are being replaced with bulls/dollies. In that particular river I didn't see any sign of other trout species at all.
You better do your research a little better braue, that statement reeks of inaccurate information. Bull trout are an indicator species surviving mostly in streams with healthy populations of trout/salmon. The fact that much of their diet is made up of small fish, and eggs, must mean their is some other fish in the river. Just because the timing of your visit didnt coincide with the presence of other species of fish doesnt mean that they aren't there in healthy numbers.