Re: Some 'stockers' I caught for Friday
Dan, the Dismal Creek,,and Wolf Creek,,were I fish for stockers,,have no wild trout in them. By the end of the week,,most of these will be gone,,two weeks there will not be a one left. Before stocking programs,,long time'ago,,there might have been native trout,,but today the stocked trout never stay in long enough to reproduce. It's a shame of the small stream and too many fishermen I suppose. These are public sections on National Forest and it's basically just a 'place and take' program. Sad in a way, but that's the reality of it. And,,as you can see from the picture,,it's shameful the size of the stocked trout they DO put in. Gives a guy a bit of guilt. Guess I could turn'em loose, but in 10min the next guy is gonna catch them and take'em home to eat, so a couple times a year I keep me a few to eat. Sometimes,,most times,,I put'em back.
Now,,we do have streams with native and wild trout,,most all of these are on pvt property,,thus they can survive. I fish some of these areas were I have permission,,and never keep a trout unless something horrible goes wrong in the tussle.
Guys that live in good native and wild trout fishing , count your blessings. This trout deal here is one reason I like to fish small-mouth that are in the streams naturally. Hardly anyone will keep a small-mouth and that just suits the stuffing right outta me. I haven't keep a dozen small mouth in my life and that was when I was just a kid.
I'd love to live in wild trout country like the guys out west have. I'd keep me one trout on occasions,,maybe...and enjoy knowing the ones I let go were natural to the area and would be there tomorrow for my return.
All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.