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Please don't fish for trout with corn. First off it is illegal in Colorado. Secondly, trout do not have big enough digestive tracts to pass corn. If they ingest it they will die.
 

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Not to worry, I smear the corn kernels with a little mineral oil and K-Y Jelly before putting them on the hook.

Just kidding, Uncle Fester

For those who really think they have to use corn, Berkley makes a bait in their "Berkley Natural Scent Trout Bait" line that has a natural corn flavor, and won't hurt the trout. This is not the same as ordinary Powerbait:

http://www.berkley-fishing.com/prod.php?k=49648&sk=46684&p=PURBTCOY2
 

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It is illegal to use a kernel of corn on a hook to entice kokanee to bite??? Hummm. I don't think so.

Yeah they seem resistant to digestion, kernels, by my own experience.... But I've seen trout "passing" bigger things than corn kernels.
 

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I've seen trout "passing" bigger things than corn kernels.
The trout some people catch may not be able to pass a kernel of corn, but the trout I catch could pass a golf ball. :D :D :D
 

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here we go again. trout can pass corn they just don't digest it!!!. if it was going to kill them, then explain how they can eat a 2 or 3 inch or bigger crawdad (whole) and digest and pass that with no complications.  we have caught numerous trout that have big pieces of crawdad material coming out of their poo hole.  doesn't seem to stop them. and my understanding was that corn is legal for bait you just can't chum with it. corn will not kill trout. i also believe that the hatcheries feed their trout with a corn flavored food.
 

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Uncle Fester said:
Please don't fish for trout with corn. First off it is illegal in Colorado. Secondly, trout do not have big enough digestive tracts to pass corn. If they ingest it they will die.
Its not illegal to use corn in Colorado for any species of fish, trout, carp, whatever. It is perfectly legal.

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Commission fisheries biologist Tom Bender at our Benner Spring Fish Research Station conducted a study in 1992 that examined the impact of corn on trout. For the study, two groups of hatchery rainbow trout were held in separate tanks and tested for 54 days. In one tank, 20 rainbow trout (average size 8.3 inches) were fed a diet of whole kernel corn. In the second tank, 20 rainbow trout of the same size were fed a standard trout pellet diet.
During the 54 day study period, no mortalities occurred from trout of either study group. However, study results did show that the trout fed with a corn diet did not digest the corn particularly well. The growth observed by the corn-fed trout during the study period was only about half of that observed from the trout that were fed the standard trout pellet diet.

The conclusion from this study was that there appears to be little reason for concern about the short term health hazards for rainbow trout when whole kernel corn is used for bait. Although there are better diets for trout than whole kernel corn, this study confirms that mortality does not occur when trout ingest whole kernel corn.

You also asked about the practice of anglers using handfuls of corn to attract fish - a practice sometimes called "chumming." For waters managed under statewide regulations, chumming with corn or other bait to attract fish would be considered a legal practice, providing that anglers don't get carried away and liberally coat the bottom of the stream with corn. If this were the case, then it could be considered littering. The Commission does not recommend chumming.
 

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CHUMMING in Colorado is illegal.
 

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I believe it is Wyoming where corn is illegal...

However trinitrotoluene (dupont spinners) are illegal in Colorado...
 
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Hey Z-Man, I haven't heard the Dupont Spinner reference in many moons. Great way to start the day!
 

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Ive caught trout with bellies full of snails. If they can pass the snail shell, then then could pass a corn kernel....

Careful with marshmellows. It could stick to their teeth and give them a sugar rush. (Just messin) :)
 

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ePiC said:
Uncle Fester said:
Please don't fish for trout with corn. First off it is illegal in Colorado. Secondly, trout do not have big enough digestive tracts to pass corn. If they ingest it they will die.
Its not illegal to use corn in Colorado for any species of fish, trout, carp, whatever. It is perfectly legal.

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Commission fisheries biologist Tom Bender at our Benner Spring Fish Research Station conducted a study in 1992 that examined the impact of corn on trout. For the study, two groups of hatchery rainbow trout were held in separate tanks and tested for 54 days. In one tank, 20 rainbow trout (average size 8.3 inches) were fed a diet of whole kernel corn. In the second tank, 20 rainbow trout of the same size were fed a standard trout pellet diet.
During the 54 day study period, no mortalities occurred from trout of either study group. However, study results did show that the trout fed with a corn diet did not digest the corn particularly well. The growth observed by the corn-fed trout during the study period was only about half of that observed from the trout that were fed the standard trout pellet diet.

The conclusion from this study was that there appears to be little reason for concern about the short term health hazards for rainbow trout when whole kernel corn is used for bait. Although there are better diets for trout than whole kernel corn, this study confirms that mortality does not occur when trout ingest whole kernel corn.

You also asked about the practice of anglers using handfuls of corn to attract fish - a practice sometimes called "chumming." For waters managed under statewide regulations, chumming with corn or other bait to attract fish would be considered a legal practice, providing that anglers don't get carried away and liberally coat the bottom of the stream with corn. If this were the case, then it could be considered littering. The Commission does not recommend chumming.
This quote is not from a Colorado Division of Wildlife Biologist. The statement about it being ok to chum with corn refers to the state in which the study was conducted.

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TAL0362 said:
It is illegal to use a kernel of corn on a hook to entice kokanee to bite???  Hummm.  I don't think so.

Yeah they seem resistant to digestion, kernels, by my own experience....  But I've seen trout "passing" bigger things than corn kernels.
Well Tal -- thanks for the image on that one. In my family we have always called them tracers......
 

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Dan said:
ePiC said:
Uncle Fester said:
Please don't fish for trout with corn. First off it is illegal in Colorado. Secondly, trout do not have big enough digestive tracts to pass corn. If they ingest it they will die.
Its not illegal to use corn in Colorado for any species of fish, trout, carp, whatever. It is perfectly legal.

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Commission fisheries biologist Tom Bender at our Benner Spring Fish Research Station conducted a study in 1992 that examined the impact of corn on trout. For the study, two groups of hatchery rainbow trout were held in separate tanks and tested for 54 days. In one tank, 20 rainbow trout (average size 8.3 inches) were fed a diet of whole kernel corn. In the second tank, 20 rainbow trout of the same size were fed a standard trout pellet diet.
During the 54 day study period, no mortalities occurred from trout of either study group. However, study results did show that the trout fed with a corn diet did not digest the corn particularly well. The growth observed by the corn-fed trout during the study period was only about half of that observed from the trout that were fed the standard trout pellet diet.

The conclusion from this study was that there appears to be little reason for concern about the short term health hazards for rainbow trout when whole kernel corn is used for bait. Although there are better diets for trout than whole kernel corn, this study confirms that mortality does not occur when trout ingest whole kernel corn.

You also asked about the practice of anglers using handfuls of corn to attract fish - a practice sometimes called "chumming." For waters managed under statewide regulations, chumming with corn or other bait to attract fish would be considered a legal practice, providing that anglers don't get carried away and liberally coat the bottom of the stream with corn. If this were the case, then it could be considered littering. The Commission does not recommend chumming.
This quote is not from a Colorado Division of Wildlife Biologist. The statement about it being ok to chum with corn refers to the state in which the study was conducted.

Dan
This is correct, thats why I posted the Chumming was illegal in Colorado after it. This was taken from a Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commision website, I thought that it was mentioned in the report but on review it wasnt. Here is a link to their site where I got the information, I had it book marked cause alot of people think corn is illegal here because it kills trout which is a myth.
http://www.fish.state.pa.us/Fish/images/pages/qa/fish_regs/corn_chum.htm
 
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