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Old 06-30-2008, 01:34 PM
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Locally the most talked about body of water during the past 2 weeks has been Albany’s Basic Reservoir. Since it’s 9/11 fishing closure it has had years to allow its fish population to return to just about a virgin state. The anglers who went and got their new reservoir permits have been having a field day. What’s been happening is this – northern pike up to 44 inches, walleyes to 9 pounds, largemouths to 7 pounds and lots of other panfish. The water is being hit hard by the fishermen and the success being had there most certainly cannot be sustained for long. What do you guys think can certain species be wiped out or with non allowance of fisherman there for the last 7 years has that given the resevoir time to be overpopulated or is that possible
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:15 PM
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I would like to try to help with the Pike Control!

44 inchers, huh? Jeezus- there must be some MONSTERS in there...

I might try to pick up a permit this week... Sounds like a short-lived firled day- but eventually those fish will wise up and realize not everything is a free dinner...

Cool to have a 'new' fishery again though... Untouched for a long time!!!
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Old 07-06-2008, 05:45 AM
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The fish would never be "wiped out". More often than not, when experienced fisheman are introduced to a population of "virgin" fish, they often will catch many of the active fish in the system. The result is that these fish, often the biggest in the school, get conditioned to certain lures and presentations.

There was a study on trout on a Colorado trout stream that hadn't been fished a few years ago. In the study they found that day after day the catch rate dropped with catch and release fish due to this.

Conversely, when a body of water is fished by anglers indiscriminately, and they keep what they catch, it will lower the number and quality of the fish caught out of that system. That is why so many states have slot/length limits to minimize this impact and improve the fishing potential.
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