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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-28-2015, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Wild vs. Stocked answers

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Wild...this trout took me three years to catch. I fished Falling Springs Heritage Section for 6 months before I caught my first wild rainbow. Three years later and a week before moving back to Central PA, I landed this 22"er on a sz 22 trico dry. As luck would have it, 2 casts later I caught an 18"er.

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Stocked, as most rainbow in the state are, Penns Creek

Brown Trout:

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Wild - Penns Creek Catch-and-Release section

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Wild - Penns Creek Catch-and-Release Section, miles from stocked sections

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Stocked - White Deer

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Wild - Penns Creek Catch-and-release section, miles from stocked sections

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ND - I feel pretty confident it's a wild fish, but it came from the upper part of Penns that is stocked and has wild reproduction.

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Wild - Penns Creek Catch-and-Release section miles from stocked sections

Brook Trout:

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Wild - Tiny unstocked native stream in the mountains...the streams name escapes me ;-)

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Wild - Big Fishing Creek Upper reaches of Trophy Trout Section

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Stocked - White Deer, most likely based on congregation of fish it was stocked only 2 days earlier.


The Penns Creek Browns are tough. Could a stocked fish have had made it the far up/down stream...of course they could have. I am basing my assumptions on characteristics of fins, coloration, and demeanor...but, one never can tell with fish in a stocked stream.

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Re: Wild vs. Stocked answers

Looking at the Penns Creek wild browns, notice how much difference there is in the spotting patterns, all from a brown trout population in the same creek.

I've seen the same thing in some other streams with wild brown trout populations.
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Re: Wild vs. Stocked answers

It doesn't matter how many miles away a stream is stocked those stockies have been known to travel many miles in one day after just being realeased especially rainbows. Browns will travel too, I fish a Class A wild trout stream near me that gets stocked at both ends. I always catch stockies in that stream.

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Re: Wild vs. Stocked answers

are you sure that second rainbow isnt a wild fish, from what i have heard there are a few rainbows spawning in penns. on a second note i really need to fish that creek
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are you sure that second rainbow isnt a wild fish, from what i have heard there are a few rainbows spawning in penns. on a second note i really need to fish that creek
I am not aware of any spawning rainbows on Penns and I have never caught a fingerling rainbow on Penns. I did catch quite a few fingerlings on Falling Springs when I fished that stream and I fish Penns quite a bit.

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Re: Wild vs. Stocked answers

I thought i remember reading something on Paflyfish about it
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Re: Wild vs. Stocked answers

Shows what I know. I always thought wild rainbows in PA were like leprechauns with pots of gold. Glad to see I was right on #6 though. That thing is a hog!!!!
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Shows what I know. I always thought wild rainbows in PA were like leprechauns with pots of gold. Glad to see I was right on #6 though. That thing is a hog!!!!
There are alot more bodies of water that hold wild rainbows then people realize. I catch a good many of them
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here is a wild brown with really no color, caught anywhere else and i would call it a stockie









All wild fish

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That is really great to see.
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