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Yea, I think this situation is specific to spinney in that there is not the wide range of species and forage base to support a large pike population. The trout that are in there are too big for the smaller pike to eat. A while back the DOW stocked something like 300,000 fingerling trout in spinney and in the following years the DOW could not account for any of those fish. They determined that the pike were eating all of them. That is why the DOW now stocks trout over 12 inches and waits until this time of year to do it, when the pike's metabolism has slowed and their high growth season has passed, leaving the stockers with a much better chance of surviving. I guarantee you there are still some GRANDE pike in spinney that just chow on stocker trout, but the little pike have nothing else to eat but Craws. Most other pike fisheries that have good numbers and size also have a vast forage base and multiple species. Stagecoach is another reservoir with a similar situation as Spinney, but it seems like the trout population is healthy with good numbers of all sizes. In the next few years it will be interesting to see if that changes with so many huge pike.
 
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