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Wild or stocked?

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I was digging through some of my photos from earlier this year and came across this photo of a brownie that I caught and remember taking a second look and wondering before the release. What do you think - is it stocked, wild or maybe a holdover fish? I can see certain attributes of both. I wish the photo was of better quality (not so grainy) and I know there are parts of the fish that you really can't see very well. I also realize this question has been asked many times on the forum, just looking for some feedback. Thanks.

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Stocker

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Wild. Fins I do see look good.

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Looks like a stocker to me, there is little or no red on the adipose fin and the fish has mostly drab colors. Did you catch it in a ATW or a tributary to one?

Posted on: 2013/8/1 16:23


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Wild... white edges on the fins, par marks and it looks too skiny to be a stocker. Stockers don't usually look like they have to fight for every meal.

Posted on: 2013/8/1 16:24


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The fins are in good shape, that would be the only attribute that makes me think it could be wild. My guess is a young stocking. Par marks aren't an indication of wild, it's an indication of age. Dense spots and no red on the fins leads me to believe it's stocked.

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Stocked, colors aren't what I'd expect from a wild brown in PA, it's just all washed out. It has good fins but I can't see them real well to tell for sure.

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I'm leaning towards stocked as well. Clear, crisp fins aren't always a good indicator of a wild fish as holdovers can have fins that "clean up nicely". The lack of red in the fish (adipose fin, spots, etc.) leads me to believe that its origins are from a hatchery.

As was already asked, what stream/watershed? That may help resolving the question.

Posted on: 2013/8/1 17:36


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Wild holdover fingerling.

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Wild.

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On strictly looks...65/35 lean in favor of Stocker for me. Main feature for me in favor of wild is that I think I see an eye spot. But the absence of red, the spot pattern, and general coloration tip the scale to Stocker. Fins look good, but tough to get a real good look from that pic...I'd like a better view of the tail to say the fins look wild.

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Stocker and does it really matter? If you had fun catching him, that's all that matters.

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I could go either way, but lean wild. I can't see the fins well enough to be sure, but their color looks right. And it has a pretty strong blue eye spot.

Overall colors don't pop out but I've caught plenty of wild ones that way. Same with the red.

Would not at all be surprised to find out it's a grown up fingerling.

Posted on: 2013/8/1 20:22


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Stocked....from the susquehanna drainage. j/k

No doubt about it. Probably from a co-op nursery. don't look like a state stockie in our area.

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krayfish wrote:
Stocker and does it really matter? If you had fun catching him, that's all that matters.



Not knowledgeable enough to chime in as to "stocked vs wild", but have to add a +1 to the second part of Kray's reply.

Aside from having a self-sustaining wild population being a "good thing" and important, what's the real difference? You have fun catching a fish. Hell, I enjoy just having time on the water and look on hooking up as a bonus.

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