This is my dad's brown trout he caught at a stream in Lackawanna County. It was caught on a grub with my ultra light Ugly Stix. It was 19in. We were told this was a native brown, can anyone else confirm this by looking at the pic
I agree that it is not a wild brown. In fact, it might not even be a holdover. Don't know what hatchery it came from , but it could just be the strain of brown trout they are raising this year. There is experimentation among the hatcheries with different strains of trout. I have stocked some browns that were really bronzed up through the belly and looked similar to this one.
As said before, it's a darn nice fish that anyone would be pleased to catch. Congrats to the dad.
Determining wild Brown trout vs. stocked Brown trout is far more difficult in streams that receive stocked fish, nearly impossible at times. Sure, some stocked fish are easy to ID and some wild fish are so beautiful, there is little doubt. Pectoral fin structure can help, but not all stocked fish have roughed up fins. Red spots on the side are great give aways for wild fish, but not all wild fish have the spots (though, I don't think I've ever gotten a stocked fish with red spots). The bottom line is that, IMO, a big brown trout, regardless of origin, is a worthy opponent...even stocked ones get smart quickly....Maybe I'll post a quiz with some photos later...wild vs. stocked.....