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Old 09-27-2011, 05:48 PM
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Default Native Browns Creeks?

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Old 09-27-2011, 05:51 PM
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Default Re: Native Browns in Northern Indiana Creeks?

At some point in time they were stockers. I don't believe there are any native brown trout in North America. They were all imported from Europe. They could be wild though, descendants of stocked trout that have been able to reproduce in the wild.
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Default Re: Native Browns in Northern Indiana Creeks?

Cool. Im from Northern Indiana would you happen to be near South Bend, or Elkhart area?
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nope no where near there way west
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Default Re: Native Browns in Northern Indiana Creeks?

I would check with IDNR, my guess is the creeks you were on are stocked or were stocked in the past few years...

Michigan has a section on their website with details on where they stock fish, Indiana may have the same deal...
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Default Re: Native Browns in Northern Indiana Creeks?

Whether they were stocked as fingerling's or whether they were stream born they look healthy. One thing I notice is the teeth, a stock trout of the size you have there seldom exhibits good color and their teeth are more like sandpaper than the fish you show. Hatchery trout develop so fast in body size / weight that things such as teeth are behind the growth curve.

As for the probability of their being born there; the brown trout has proven to be adaptable to a wide range of water temperature and often can be found lower in a watershed than the brook trout; this would be considering that brook trout are present in the area at all. In Pennsylvania many of the streams I frequented were occupied almost exclusively by wild brown trout in the lower to mid elevations of the watershed and as you move further up the system the brook trout were the predominate species.

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Default Re: Native Browns in Northern Indiana Creeks?

To clarify, native means the species is indigenous to that area. Wild is the word you're looking for.
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I had to re move this photo becuase I changed its locatation

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Default Re: Native Browns in Northern Indiana Creeks?

What town in northern Indiana? There are quite a few streams that the DNR stocks on an annual basis. I have a list of some of these streams. If you had a specific name of the stream or area, I might be able to help more. These trout may not be native, but could possibly be sustainable in their populations. Many of the streams in northern Indiana do not support sustainable populations due to water clarity, hot summer temperatures, lack of gradient changes that enable increased flow rates, and lack of natural spring sources.

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Smallieman, if you're going to share where you caught these with Chicagojohn, I'd encourage you to do it via PM. I used to live in Michigan and am from the Chicago area and know that streams holding brown trout are few and far between. It's one thing to share it with another fisherman, but if their location is posted on the forum you might find the river busy and possibly the trout wiped out. (Not that I wouldn't love to know a spot to fish in that area next time I'm home )
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