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Old 06-11-2012, 09:07 AM
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Hey everyone I have my own Trout pond and I have it stocked with rainbows and with brookies. I originally stocked it three years ago with both types of trout. This year however I have not been seeing many Brookies so I decided to go with just rainbows. I thought that maybe the Brookies are a little bit more sensitive then the rainbows and that just wasn't the best environment for them.

Yesterday I caught a nice size Brookie on a Hairs ear nymph and it is the first one I have seen in about 9 months. When I go the fish to the shore and was taking the hook out i noticed that the gills were larger then the gill plates? almost like its head shrunk but not it's gills, why would this be happening? I have seen maybe one or two rainbows like this as well.

So my question is why is this happening or what can i do to fix it? Thanks for your input!
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Its due to being hatchery raised in crowded conditions with less than ideal water quality. I doubt it has anything to do with your pond but stems from bacteria within the hatchery. Do you have any wild reproduction?
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Default Re: Trout Pond Problem? Maybe

No I don't believe so I don't have quite enough running water. All the rest I've caught seem to be quite healthy. They have easily doubled in size since the original stocking. So will that fish survive normally, will it have a shorter life span and should I remove this fish so the others don't get it.

Also why would my rainbows thrive and not the Brookies are they just down deeper and I'm not getting my fly down to them? I have tried regular tackle too with trout bait and got nothing for Brookies
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I would talk with a fisheries biologist and see if there can be an accessment of your pond made to determine what species will do the best. There's so many different variables its best left to an expert.
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The issue may well be that the two types of fish 'like' very different habitats. I found some good reading here: Trout Pond Stocking - FAQ
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