- May 7, 2010
Re the Don
I just rung Stuart Crofts about this.he said :-
Since the 80’s people have been catching rainbows it was assumed they had escaped from one of the top up reservoirs each winter.
They had a survey of the fish population done and it was found that there were small pockets of fin perfect rainbows many of them about 6inches long No ones the catchment was stocking them that small. The growth rings on scale samples showed they were not stock fish.
Still every year people catch them of all sizes, the populations not big enough to make it a target fish and most are returned.
Interesting, the start of a new population maybe? if so maybe demonstrates that whoever it was that said it can take 20 years for them to fully 'naturalise' may well be right.
Or they might be in the process of dying out of course.