As I posted in another thread, for 30 years I avoided fishing the local stocked
lake during April and May. The mobs of people with cans o' corn always made
me feel like they were shooting fish in a barrel. Lacking anything on Christmas
Eve 2007, my wife and I headed over to said lake, and caught a few of what
we assumed were holdovers. It turned out the state had stocked the lake
just weeks prior to that, and so we decided to go for it.
This year the trout stocked in that lake were very finicky about patterns, and
even the powerbait crowd had to switch colors(!!!). Given the choice, I'd much rather fish for natives of any species, and don't consider non-trout
species to be inferior. Until recently, we lived in Valley Forge, PA, and Valley
Creek is native trout only. PCB levels in that stream ban the possession of
fish from Valley Creek, and of course it's not stocked in any way. The fish
aren't dumb, however, and it sees a good
bit of fly anglers year round.
You can watch pods of decent sized trout from the high bank side, and also
see fly anglers ready to pull their hair out