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I spent some time out at the creek today.  I didn’t catch anything but someone else obviously did.  I found this one high up on the bank at the bottom of the staircase. It looked quite fresh judging by the color and that rigor mortis hadn't set in.  I measured it at just under 18”. This is the second time that I found a very nice sized fish up on the bank across from the campground.  Any ideas as to why someone would leave it there?

 



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Well, it's entirely possible that whomever caught this fish saw you coming and went and hid in the woods . That or an animal caught it and you spooked it. Probably not though. A critter would have taken the fish with him. So absent any apparent wounds, I would say there's a poacher around. Do you have CAL TIP on your phone? If not, Then you should do so.

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Was at A5 on weds teaching my brother in law how to fish, saw quite a few weird things... a couple with spinning gear and buckets (looked like dragging gear) and police with lights on parked at A4.

I see they put the new signs up for parking fees... but the envelope container was empty. I really wish the county would get on top of those new fees and really enforce them.

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That fish looks spawned out. Could’ve been it’s last season and kicked the bucket.

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Have to ask, did you put your fly rod down to take a picture with tbe fish? 😆 or did they leave the fly rod? This is the second time youve seen this?

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What equates to "high up on the bank"? ie how far from the water was the fish?

BTW, 1x works well with big gap hooks.

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Or people keep fishing for spawning fish and they don’t even know they’re killing them after they’ve spent all their time battling and reproducing on top of fighting a angler. That’s probably what really killed this fish. I really doubt it’s a poacher. A poacher just wouldn’t leave the fish in the bank.

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Before i quit fishing the creek nov-feb it was not rare to see 4lb+ spawned out fish dead in the shallows from exhaustion during the winter, with net marks and cuts from fishing line on their bodies. I saw this especially up by the dam.

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In talking to CDFW I was told that there will always mortality with spawning fish. The few I have found during my 20 years on the Creek have had line cuts in the skin from getting wrapped in monofilament. Unfortunate cost of fishing during the spawn.



-- Edited by SK60 on Monday 27th of January 2020 03:37:17 PM

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