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Really I hate to do this, because no one will ever be able to truly say for certain. However, this is kinda more of a wild or fingerling kinda thing.

I caught 4 of these rainbows on a local stream. I am sure most of you can figure it out, such most every stream around me was blown. Anyways, there was a rainbow fingerling program on this stream, but was stopped last year. Did these fish just not grow in over a year or was there possibly a wild rainbow spawning taking place?

Mike, watcha think? What are the growing rates of rainbow fingerlings over a year?


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Posted on: 2013/6/8 22:36
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So its like a retorical question ?

Obvious answer is obvious.

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Obviously obvious

Posted on: 2013/6/9 0:02
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A fingerling from last year would likely be bigger than that on the stream in question imo. Doesnt that sportsmans club stock there? Could they have stuck it in there intentionally or accidentally?

When was the fingerling program cancelled? When was last stocking, fall 2012? If yes then it could be a fingerling with slow growth rate thus reason they stopped the program?

Did you fish with Tilt?

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Spring 2012 I believe was the last fingerling stocking. The private club only puts in browns and have yet to stock 2013.

Did I fish with Tilt? Lol does anybody actually FISH with with Tilt? But no

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Bows are the toughest to tell IMO. I agree that's probably too small for a 2012 fingerling stocker though. If all the ones you caught were that size I'd probably say their origin was somewhere other than a 2012 fingerling stocking.

My experience with wild Bows outside of the well known viable wild populations is that they show up in clusters on suitable stocked (usually wild Brown) streams for a few years then disappear. It's like a few stockers figure it out and spawn successfully but they just can't take hold...which is generally a good thing IMO. Definite possibility they're wild fish Becker.

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Here is a wild Bow for sure.

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Where's the adepost fin?

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hard to tell if it's wild or not because it was obviously photoshopped

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krayfish wrote:
Where's the adepost fin?


We have a winner....good catch. No adipose usually means fingerling stocked and marked for recapture.

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Yea I am going to go catch a few today and check for adipose. Don't know why I did not think to check, and I am not 100% sure it is not there.

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You may want to also check for a pelvic clip if fingerling plant is what you are tring to determine. Caudal clips in PA tend to mean survey marking.

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Shane, just ask the hatchery manager of the hatchery tank you are fishing in whether or not it is stocked.

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Fished tonight caught a few. All had adipose missing. Surprised these fish are still so small.

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If it was Pohopoco, the stream receives fingerling RT stockings (adipose clipped) and they may have just been stocked. The body color of the fish and the rather bland color of the fins suggested to me that it was a recent stocky before I ever read what you had written. Why did I think this? Experience. That having been said, the only thing that gave me pause was its size. It is a very nice fingerling for June, but it might be one of the larger ones in the batch.

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