I've caught plenty of stocked trout, but never seen a stocked rainbow with this kind of coloration and spotting on the stomach. Almost looks like it's got some brown trout genetics. Anyone seen one like this before?
I've caught some stocked rainbows with spots far down the sides, but I don't recall one with spots covering the belly. Definitely unusual. I occasionally catch a rainbow with a yellowish hue. None of this has anything to do with brown trout; just a variation within rainbow trout.
I've never seen a PA rainbow with spots like that. Thanks for posting.
There are no rainbow-brown trout hybrids.
Rainbows often crossbreed with cutthroat and golden trout out west but I think the chromosomes are too different for browns and rainbows to create a hybrid.
back when they started to mess around with amount of fish that were to be stocked i started to notice a few like that. Mainly on the male fish, i have caught a few with the spots that extend to the belly. If i caught anymore then i will take a picture.
Another thing I noticed was that it was waaaay more aggressive than the other rainbows I was catching in that stream. Absolutely hammered my spinner, and then fought way harder than any of the others from that evening. I know that's pretty subjective, but just thought it was a cool side note.