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Old 11-11-2010, 11:41 PM
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So I was riding my bike past an irrigation ditch/stream/tiny body of water and I noticed a couple of fish. Someone had diverted the flow of water so their backs were sticking out. The water wasn't moving and the water looked like mud. I assumed they were carp until I took a closer look. I thought it might be some Brown Trout spawning and I should leave them alone and hope for the best.
My girlfriend yelled at me "you harass fish 300 days a year, this is your one chance to do something nice for them!" So I went home, got a bucket and a net, captured what turned out to be a big Rainbow and a Brown, and released them into some cool clear water about a couple miles away.

Was I being selfish? (I did go to the clear water the next day, rod in hand, but didn't see them.) Should I have not messed with them and let them die?

There are already Rainbows and Browns in their new water home so I wasn't introducing a new species.

What would you have done?

This is the picture of one of the fish. The ditch behind me is where it was dying.
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:59 AM
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Default Re: Should I have interfered?

If I thought they were stranded or would soon be stranded by reduced flow I would do the same thing. I have rescued many fish that had been trapped in little more than stream side puddles when water levels receded.

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Old 11-12-2010, 05:11 AM
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Default Re: Should I have interfered?

i think you did the right thing. I would have done that too
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:43 AM
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Indeed brother, you performed an exemplary deed..... Consider your hand shook........
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:54 AM
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Good on you dude!! Well done indeed! You got some karma fish headed your way!
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:27 AM
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Right on!

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Very cool, nice job. Good kharma for sure.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:36 AM
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Well played, sir. In the rivers around southeast Idaho we encounter this problem often. As the South Fork of the Snake River drops its flows from Summer of around 10 to 12,000 cfs to Winter flows of around 2,000 cfs, a lot of the side channels dry up stranding numerous trout. Our local club, Snake River Cutthroats, gathers often to do a fish rescue/salvage in order to get stranded trout back into the main flows.

Another problem we have in this area is that of unrestricted flows into irrigation diversions that allow far too many trout into foreign reaches that dry up as the agricultural season dries up. Many fish are lost to this practice. One channel that leaves the South Fork of the Snake River is called the Great Feeder canal or Dry Bed (as big as a medium sized river anywhere else). It flows nearly year 'round. "Nearly" is the key word, as in April they shut off the flow for about 3 to 4 weeks in order to clear debris at headgates and such. The Idaho Fish & Game opens the fishing season for unlimited harvest along this canal and many, many trout are lost to this practice.

Anyway, I'm glad you were able to make a difference, well done.

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Old 11-12-2010, 10:18 AM
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Default Re: Should I have interfered?

Years back, I was steelhead fishing. I came across a stringer w/ 2 steelies on it. I checked and they were alive. I walked the stream up and dowen for over 100 yards asking if they belonged to someone and they forgot. No one claimed them. So some time later, I decide to leave and was the only one there. Honestly, I did consider taking them. But, instead I released them and walked them swim away. You have done the proper thing.
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:21 AM
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Well done!
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