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    Thanks for the feedback so far, and will definitely keep the tips in mind.

    I think from previous years the friendly was just before the spawn. Water was at the 14-15C range if I understand correctly. Will be my first time trying this dam... and will surely try all the advise mentioned here. I have heard that top water should be fairly good early morning and later afternoon. Just not sure of the size, since some blogs mention bigger frog or hopper patterns, and other say smaller is better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    Trout don't spawn in dams , they only spawn in moving water. I think they try and go through the motions, but I don't think that trout actually reproduce in still water.
    So hens in stillwaters carrying and depositing eggs, and cock fish dripping milt are not spawning? They just act like it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    So hens in stillwaters carrying and depositing eggs, and cock fish dripping milt are not spawning? They just act like it?
    Yes, and they can only be caught with dry humpies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhumpy View Post
    Yes, and they can only be caught with dry humpies.
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    Yes I think so. I not sure if trout hens actually drop the eggs, or they don't hatch in Stillwater. Trout hens can become egg bound when conditions aren't ideal for them. Look... I stand to be corrected, but Im pretty sure that trout cant reproduce in still waters. It has to do with oxygenated water flowing over the eggs. Although the trout do behave as if they are in spawning cycle, ie, cocks become aggressive, hens develop eggs, but there isn't any actual spawn. Please someone with more knowledge, please correct me if Im wrong.
    The nice thing about having bass in a stocked trout fishery, is that the bass fry provide an awesome fodder for the trout, and cause them to grow big and fat.
    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    So hens in stillwaters carrying and depositing eggs, and cock fish dripping milt are not spawning? They just act like it?
    Last edited by Andre; 05-08-15 at 04:55 PM.
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    Yes I think so. I not sure if trout hens actually drop the eggs, or they don't hatch in Stillwater. Trout hens can become egg bound when conditions aren't ideal for them. Look... I stand to be corrected, but Im pretty sure that trout cant reproduce in still waters. It has to do with oxygenated water flowing over the eggs. Although the trout do behave as if they are in spawning cycle, ie, cocks become aggressive, hens develop eggs, but there isn't any actual spawn. Please someone with more knowledge, please correct me if Im wrong.
    The nice thing about having bass in a stocked trout fishery, is that the bass fry provide an awesome fodder for the trout, and cause them to grow big and fat.
    They do drop eggs, and the cockfish do try and fertilize them. I have witnessed this with my own eyes at Leliekloof this year. Also, in stillwaters with a decent inflow/stream (like Loch Ness at Tiffendell) and in extremely windy areas where there is enough wave action trout do successfully spawn.
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