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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2010, 1:18 pm 
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Q: Why not close Big Reed Pond to fishing until the trout have recovered, giving all the efforts expended, and the trout, the best chance posible of rebounding (e.g. eliminate any possible C&R mortality, etc.)?

A: Currently, sport fishery regulations for Big Reed Pond, T8R10, are: S6 – terminal gear restricted to artificial lures only (ALO); S7 – all trout, landlocked salmon, and togue caught must be released alive at once. These regulations are adequate to protect any charr and brook trout reintroduced to Big Reed in 2011 from either over-harvest or hooking mortality that could occur from fishing activity. We will forward a rule-making proposal in 2011 that would take effect for the 2012 and 2013 open water fishing seasons: S5 – terminal gear restricted to fly fishing only (FFO); S7 – all trout, landlocked salmon, and togue caught must be released alive at once; closed to the taking of live bait. Angling pressure at Big Reed is expected to be extremely low over the next several years and is not expected to reach levels seen in the late 1990s for at least 8-10 years from now. We expect the first spawning activity for Arctic charr to occur two years from now. Closing the fishery is not warranted at this time; given the expected very low fishing pressure and the very low hooking mortality associated with the proposed regulations, reintroduced populations of both trout and charr will be adequately protected. Angling activity is not expected to slow or impede restoration of these two important populations. Other sources of natural mortality for young charr and trout are of much higher concern. Big Reed supports from 2-4 common loons every summer; under a reclaimed-pond environment and newly stocked charr and trout, loon predation could significantly impede restoration of both species.


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