Okay, so for those of you who didn't read the letter I sent to fisheries regarding species being stocked in our area lakes, please click here and take a look.
This post is just going to sum up the response.
the province is trying to lower the number of foreign fish being
stocked into certain areas, and the province as a whole. So this more
or less means that rainbows will be the standard in many areas, like
mine, because try as they might they never could become established into
streams or lakes, so the risk of invasion is minimized. Brookies on
the other hand have played havoc on trout streams all over the west (as
I'm sure we all know), out-competing native species and hybridizing will
bulls trout, screwing them over, too.
So in short,
no, they don't have plans to diversify the fishery. Apparently, most
people who fish for trout (around here, probably 80%+ of them will be
limit-hunters, which only a relative few being mostly C&R types
who'll keep the odd bleeding trout) are just as happy catching rainbows,
and catch more of them than the brookies in the lakes with both species
present. Rainbows also have a higher chance of overwintering (no
kidding, we've all been watching the brookie disaster at Chickakoo for
years) and they are actually planning on not putting brookies in C.L.
So I sent off a little response, and while I don't necessarily like
the answer given, it will have to do I guess. We have enough problems
getting the creation of restricted kill and no bait lakes, so species
will need to be an afterthought for me. And I think I could live with
it, even through pictures of slug browns and brookies from Manitoba and
Saskatchewan are enough to keep me lying awake at nights, I'll take big
rainbows in a specially regulated lake or pond over 8" stocker brookies
in a 5-trout limit meat hole any day.
The province is
even planning on (they're working on it, now apparently, but I've only
heard that through an unofficial source) using a rare strain of rainbows
(called the Athabasca rainbow --the only native rainbow whose
home-range is East of the continental divide) for planting into lakes in
that region, so any accidental escapees couldn't contaminate the native
gene pool. Surprisingly, that whole region is so tough for introduced
trout (again, except for brookies --bastards...) to survive in, that
even in area where planting of exotic rainbows had occurred, they never
managed to reproduce, even by crossing with the native stock. Thank
Anyway, so it's little consolation, but I also
found out (through a different alley, again) that they are planning on
stocking a few (about 250 per year) brown trout into Muir Lake, our
local fly fishing hub and only area lake with regulations and stocking
rates designed for producing 20"+ trout. So while brookies may not be
getting more widely stocked, I might have the chance to catch my
favourite species of trout from a small (approx 78 acre) lake just 40
minutes form my front door.