I ALWAYS place wild trout over stocked trout, regardless of size. That big brown I caught yesterday was a good fish, and hard fish to catch, but the five inch wild brown I caught in my home water today is just so much more remarkable. I don't care how many little wild trout like that I catch, they will always mean more to me than any big sloppy tank scrubber. All of the fish bellow except the stocked brookie were caught today.
|Wild Brook Trout|
So keep that in mind. Stocked trout are artificial. They have bad genetics, the push out wild fish, and they are often unsustainable. Wild ALWAYS trumps stocked.