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    Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    Thought I would share the following emails with the board :

    Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 8:47 AM
    To: FW Info Center (KDFWR)
    Subject: Brown Trout_Spawn Cycle in the Cumberland River?

    Do Brown Trout go through spawn cycle in the Cumberland River (Wolf Creek Dam Tail Waters) and if so, does it occur in the typical "late Sept - early Nov" time frame?
    Thanks for considering my question.

    From KDFWR
    Mr. Boone,
    Yes, your assumptions are correct. Brown trout do attempt to spawn in the Cumberland tailwater during the fall. However, we have seen very little evidence over the years of any successful spawning. We believe that the daily flow fluctuations due to power generation in typical years either disturb the redds or leave them high and dry. We thought that there may be some successful spawning in recent years during the dam rehabilitation due to the altered flows but still have not been able to document any successful reproduction.

    Thanks for your interest!

    Dave Dreves

    Dave DrevesFisheries Research Biologist
    KY Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Did you know... Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources receives no state tax dollars and manages fish & wildlife for all citizens?

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    Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    Maybe this will be the year? On a side note, poor Stripers.

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    Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    Boone-
    I can verify that information....I have caughten hundreds of spawning browns in the CR tributaries over the years....Including several big females over 25" busting at the seams with eggs. For that matter, the bows also spawn up the tributaries. I start fishing the browns around mid October, and the bows around mid November. The bow strain in the CR is the steelhead strain, so they spawn in the fall as well. Used to be they would stack up in the tributaries so thick that you could walk across their backs to the other side, lol! A lot less fish nowdays. Hit me up this fall and I'll take you to my secret places .

    -Rich

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    Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    What size fly rod would you go after these brown with? Would you mind showing me around down there?

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    Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    Quote Originally Posted by Boat Bum View Post
    What size fly rod would you go after these brown with? Would you mind showing me around down there?
    I use a 8ft, 5wt.....and yes....I mean yes I will show you around down there. I don't start going there till mid October, so get back to me around then.

    -Rich

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    Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    do you need the trout stamp to c&r or is it only needed if you want to keep a few?

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    Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    You need one regardless on the Cumberland. Anywhere else you only need one if you are keeping fish.

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    Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    Not to much longer fellas........soon the browns will flawk to the tributaries like the salmon of capistrono! And I will be there!!!

    -Rich

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    Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    This gives me some light at the end of the Tunnel.

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    Question Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    Quote Originally Posted by RICHYD4U View Post
    Not to much longer fellas........soon the browns will flawk to the tributaries like the salmon of capistrono! And I will be there!!!

    -Rich
    They did not really come up in great numbers last year that I know of ? Question is , WILL THEY COME THIS YEAR ???

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    Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    never been to the cr are there any wadable areas that are accesable from shore that aren't packed or do you have to boatfloat I think my boat is to big for that 18ft bass boat

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    Re: Brown Trout Spawn_KDFWR

    Quote Originally Posted by numbuts View Post
    never been to the cr are there any wadable areas that are accesable from shore that aren't packed or do you have to boatfloat I think my boat is to big for that 18ft bass boat
    You can get bank access anywhere around the ramp areas. Of course, the dam area has the most bank access. An 18 ft bass boat would be fine, depending on the flow. With low flow....you wouldn't be able to. Be careful, the CR can be dangerous, especially around the dam.

    -Rich

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