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radke22

Brook Trout

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Sounds like maybe you killed it already?If so,mount it,it's a very nice brookie.Let the next one go...it feels even better than putting one on the wall and it may reach 20" for you to catch again.Mike

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I think it all depends on the waters you visit.

In my kneck of the woods a 16 incher would be considered, but I would prefer a larger fish to hang.

Your fish is a pig and you have the right to mount it.
Brookies are THE most beautiful fish on earth.

I hope I can someday find a big girl in the waters I visit.

Either you guys who claim nothing under 20 are blessed with waters that hold large broookies or your blowin' smoke!?


Keep the rods bendin'!!!!


Jim W

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I always thought a 10" brookie mount would look cool on my desk at work.

A dead fish is a dead fish, just like that 18"er will never reach 20", a harvested 10"er will never reach 18".

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20 inchers do live in Minnesota lakes, but the lakes that grow them are few and far between. It takes time to find these lakes since the few people that know about them never like to talk about them.

There are even a few rivers that grow brookies to 20 inches or better.

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Has anybody ever found a lake where you can consistantly catch brookies in the 16-20" catagory? Everytime i've been to this lake the smallest brookie caught is around 16" but most are 18-20 and a three fish limit takes about 30 minutes. Never even seen a brookie over 14" until this lake.

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radke22

I'm not questioning your fishing prowess, but you sure these fish aren't splake your catching .

Is this a stocked lake/program?

Jim W

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Radke22, Is this lake for real? is it in MN. I've fished a couple of brookie lakes up north, but have never heard of anything like that before..

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Are you sure they aren't Splake you are catching.
I know the first time I seen a Splake I thought it was a Brook Trout until I seen the tail on it.

Splake look just like Brook Trout, except Splake have a forked shape tail like a Lake Trout. Brook trout have a square shaped tail.

If this lake is in Minnesota I'd find it hard to believe that the DNR doesn't have special regs. on the lake in order to protect those big Brookies.

I know of two Brook trout lakes in Minnesota that do produce Brook Trout up to 18-19 inches, but both of the lakes regs. state that only one Brook Trout over 18 inches may be taken a day.

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This lake is in wisconsion, I'm a vetren trout chaser and am positive they are brookies, Just got back from there and my sis and i caught 9 and kept three from 12-16". All bit on minnows. The report is the DNR stocks this lake with 2-600 brood stock each fall, and they can be caught through the ice also. I'll try to post my first one i got this fall that was 18" and over 3lbs. Largest was caught last friday on a Rapala 4.10lbs. This spot is so secret i havn't even told my dad where i'm catching these things.

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Big difference between a Brookie in a lake ana small stream Brookie. A small stream Brookie I would say 16-17.

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The trophy is in the eye of the beholder. A couple years ago I caught a amazing colored mature brookie with a great hooked jaw, here in SE MN. It was a true trophy from the creek I was fishing, at 13inches.

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Radke22, don't trout lakes in Wisconsin close every other year?

Good point Sarge.

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Chunky, how do I get my pics on this thread? I have some trout I want to show off. I'm not very handy with computers.

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Nice Brook Trout Chunkytrout!

That's a big Brook Trout anywhere in the country!

One day I hope I'm as lucky as you were that day.

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Are we sure it's a brook tout and not a splake? It can be difficult to discern the difference. S'pose it doesn't matter in the long run. It's a beautiful fish. Congrats.

stu

[This message has been edited by nkambae (edited 12-01-2003).]

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Yep, we're sure it's a brook cause in this particular lake it can't be anything else.

chunk

PS. Unless it's the elusive brookie/rainbow/muskie strain grin.gif

chunk

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Thats a big brookie, I have seen pics of huge coasters from superior but I guess its a fluke if you catch one in the big lake. My friend caught a 16.5 inch brookie withing 40 miles of downtown.

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I was able to get a chance to go to a little lake right in town in ely and catch some great big brokkies, most being 18'' +...also that trip was the one where i got the 16.5 inch crappie...maybe ill get the chance to go again!

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