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Old 05-20-2012, 09:26 PM
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Anyone know when the trout are supposed to spawn down here? The ones I caught this weekend (the keepers) where full of eggs. Just wonderin.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:29 PM
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:40 PM
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trout arent like freshwater fish and just have one spawn a year. they spawn all throughout the summer months through about october. full moon and new moon phases are when they spawn the most.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:48 PM
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Some spawn every month.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:49 PM
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90% of trout we caught today were full of eggs
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:51 PM
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Batter them eggs and fry them!


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Old 05-21-2012, 08:23 AM
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just like you would with the fillets?
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:33 AM
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Speckled trout exhibit a protracted spawning season, lasting from April to September. Females ready to spawn have even been recorded in March and October.

Only your 1st spawn is related to the full moon in March but after that most females spawn in cycles which studies show that a trout is likely to spawn at sunrise are sunset

Smaller females can spawn up to 7-10times a year while larger females may only spawn 2-3 times a year ...and older and real large females may not spawn at all or only once a year(reason why keeping them don't hurt)
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:52 AM
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In Louisiana, speckled trout almost always spawn in groups numbering in dozens to thousands in deep, moving water, such as passes between barrier islands or natural and manmade channels in open water. Water depth in these locations is usually between 10 and 100 feet deep. Current seems to be necessary to keep the eggs from sinking to the bottom and suffocating.
Spawning always takes place between 6 p.m. and midnight. Males typically gather at the site an hour or two before sunset. There, they begin drumming — vibrating their tough swim bladder with surrounding muscles. The grunts, knocks and raps made by hundreds of males at one time sounds like a constant roar.
Drumming hits its peak around 8 or 9 p.m. and decreases sharply after 11 p.m. It is assumed that drumming activity attracts females to the site.
During spawning, the trout in the school mill constantly, with light side-to-side contact between the fish. Eggs and sperm are discharged into the water for random fertilization. The outgoing current in the channel or pass rapidly sweeps the eggs out to Gulf waters, where they float untended until they hatch.
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:13 PM
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Smaller females can spawn up to 7-10times a year while larger females may only spawn 2-3 times a year ...and older and real large females may not spawn at all or only once a year(reason why keeping them don't hurt)

From TX wildlife and Fisheries site:

"A female spotted seatrout may spawn several times during the season. Younger females may release 100,000 eggs and older, larger females may release a million eggs. Recent studies indicate that spotted seatrout spawn between dusk and dawn and usually within coastal bays, estuaries and lagoons. They prefer shallow grassy areas where eggs and larvae have some cover from predators. "

Also answers worm question in other thread:

"Some trout caught may have worms embedded in the flesh along the backbone. These "spaghetti" worms are larval stages of a tapeworm that can only reach maturity in sharks. The worms cannot survive in man even if the seatrout is eaten raw. The worms can easily be removed when the fish is cleaned to make the meat more appealing. The spotted seatrout is a member of the croaker family (Sciaenidae) and is a first cousin to the Atlantic croaker, red drum, black drum, and sand seatrout."
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:27 PM
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From TX wildlife and Fisheries site:

"A female spotted seatrout may spawn several times during the season. Younger females may release 100,000 eggs and older, larger females may release a million eggs. Recent studies indicate that spotted seatrout spawn between dusk and dawn and usually within coastal bays, estuaries and lagoons. They prefer shallow grassy areas where eggs and larvae have some cover from predators. "

Also answers worm question in other thread:

"Some trout caught may have worms embedded in the flesh along the backbone. These "spaghetti" worms are larval stages of a tapeworm that can only reach maturity in sharks. The worms cannot survive in man even if the seatrout is eaten raw. The worms can easily be removed when the fish is cleaned to make the meat more appealing. The spotted seatrout is a member of the croaker family (Sciaenidae) and is a first cousin to the Atlantic croaker, red drum, black drum, and sand seatrout."

And. 10 inch trout may spawn 8 times in one year where a 7lb trout may only spawn 2times

And 3lb trout will lay 10xs the eggs vs a 8-10lb trout
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From TX wildlife and Fisheries site:

"A female spotted seatrout may spawn several times during the season. Younger females may release 100,000 eggs and older, larger females may release a million eggs. Recent studies indicate that spotted seatrout spawn between dusk and dawn and usually within coastal bays, estuaries and lagoons. They prefer shallow grassy areas where eggs and larvae have some cover from predators. "
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What is the approximate age range defining young vs mature trout?
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Size limits are set based on sexual maturity. 12" means that they have likely had a chance to reach spawning size. From fingerling to that size probably about 4-5 years, I believe.
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Size limits are set based on sexual maturity. 12" means that they have likely had a chance to reach spawning size. From fingerling to that size probably about 4-5 years, I believe.

More like one year....to reach spawn size the max life of a trout is about 7 years
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:36 PM
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More like one year....to reach spawn size the max life of a trout is about 7 years
From fingerling (An inch or two) to 12 inches in a year? That's incredible. The hatcheries are overstocking
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:37 PM
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From fingerling (An inch or two) to 12 inches in a year? That's incredible. The hatcheries are overstocking

Know your Trout Facts

Growth

The growth rate of spotted seatrout differs between males and females, with females growing faster. Approximate lengths at various years of age are given in the following table.
AGE MALE FEMALE
1 9" 8"
2 14" 17"
3 17" 20"
4 18" 23"
5 18" 24"
6 19" 25"
7 19" 26"
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:49 PM
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http://www.sms.si.edu/irlspec/cynosc_nebulo.htm

The avg life span of a spotted seatrout is 18 years. The most exponential growth rate does occur in year 1, however, I'm not sure that will get you to 12", from plankton stage.

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Old 05-21-2012, 06:51 PM
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http://www.sms.si.edu/irlspec/cynosc_nebulo.htm

The avg life span of a spotted seatrout is 18 years. The most exponential growth rate does occur in year 1, however, I'm not sure that will get you to 12", from plankton stage.

Cite for your info?

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Old 05-21-2012, 06:51 PM
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LSU research guys said most Trout live between 4 to 5 years.
Only a few live past that.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:54 PM
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http://www.seagrantfish.lsu.edu/pdfs...ckledtrout.pdf

http://www.txsaltwaterfishingguides....acts/Trout.htm

Area research shows our trout live approximately 7-9 years with a growth rate of about ½ lb. per year with growth possibly slowing in the 3rd year to approximately ¼ lb. per year.
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