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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 03-20-2018, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Do you keep your trout?

A post on another thread made me think of this question. I used to keep all my trout. Not being a fish eater myself (I fish strictly for the sport), I used to bring them home for my wife, but now she refuses to eat them. So, I came to the conclusion that it isn'right for me to keep any fish anymore. So,whatever I catch gets returned to the water, unless of course it was gill hooked and bleeds out. Then it goes home to become garden fertilizer.

Do you toss fish back, or keep them?
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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 03-20-2018, 05:01 PM
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I get my trout fishing fix about once or twice a year and keep a couple stockies to grill them to remind myself that they aren't really very good. What's weird is that they individually vary so much, some are decent and some taste like mush with a nice hint Purina aftertaste. And yes I know how to care for fish and cook them.

I've never had wild trout and it's on my to-do list just aren't many places I feel right about doing it in PA. I feel like it has to be a little better.
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If you want wild tasting trout, keep some fingerling stocked trout that have grown up. No qualms with keeping them, as they don't reproduce anyways. I have done this in the past.
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We'll the cost of a trout stamp is $9.90 so your money's worth is about 3 average sized trout lol. I will occasionally keep a stocky when fishing with my daughter because they don't usually survive the photo session. On the other hand if I get a chance to remove a golden rainbow from a top notch wild brown stream I'll keep it every time.

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No, I have not kept stocked trout since I was a kid. I used to keep naive trout because they were good eats. I have not killed a trout in decades.
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You could always buy trout from a dirt pond trout farmer if you don't like the taste of a straight pellet head.

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No. If it's a nice sized trout I get a quick pic and put them back. They aren't really all that great tasting and I enjoy coming back and fishing for them
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There are some waters that are stocked that will begin to dry up by early June or the water temp gets too high and oxygen levels too low? Also the fish are easy pickings for coons and egrets. I would have no qualms keeping fish from these waters that are going to die anyway?
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Used to keep em a long time ago. Now Id rather see a young kid catch em and look at the grin on their faces its always a Kodak moment.
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I keep them and package them about 6 or 8 to a freezer bag, depending how big they are. Then our family has them once a week or so, more in early stocking season. Good for you and a great source of lean protein. Taste is a secondary consideration.
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