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Guadalupe River Trout Release
Bill Higdon, V.P. Fisheries of the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, recently wrote a very informative
Q&A regarding the Guadalupe River fishery and the upcoming trout stocking. Here's the scoop:
Q. When are we going to stock?
(the most frequently asked)
A. It all depends on the water temperature. When the
temperature is consistently below 70 degrees, we will
begin to look at stocking dates. This usually occurs in
late October to late November.
Q. What size trout will be stocked?
A. We generally stock 1 to 1 Ĺ pounds with a few bigger and
some a little smaller. Most are 14 to 18 inches.
Q. Will we stock any Brown Trout?
A. The Brown Trout are more
expensive so we donít stock
as many as the Rainbow, but
we always have a few Browns
in the mix.
Q. How many leases will we have
A. The number of leases is
usually between 15 and 18.
We are still arranging the
leases as of this newsletter but
the majority will be the same.
Q. Is the water too hot for the
A. As quoted on the GRTU
What are the best water
temperatures for trout?
Ideally 57 - 62 degrees. Good
temperatures are below 68
degrees. It is widely accepted
by the biologists that
temperatures for mortality are
74 to 82 degrees. It doesnít
mean that trout will die in 74
degree water, but their
condition could make them
susceptible to disease and
predators if the temperature
remains high. And catching
and playing a trout in this
range could be fatal to the
trout, even if it appears to swim
away normally. The water
temperature will fluctuate in a
24 hour cycle and usually the
water temperature is highest
in the late afternoon. The daily
average water temperature is
also important indicator of the
conditions in the trout fishery.
Trout biologists believe that
the average temperature
should be below 72 degrees.
As of this writing the temps
are consistently above 75 and
over 80 on some days (9/7/06).
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