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Post By: Troutfool      Posted: 8/9/2021 5:44:06 PM     Points: 218    
Looking at the CPW stocking reports it seems that stocking has dramatically decreased.

Is it because of a problem with the hatcheries themselves or are they waiting for forest fire effected waters to clear?

Any opinions or knowledge?
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Aug. 9, 7:24:52 PM     Points: 33512    
There were also several hatcheries shut down during last years fires, good guess that also played a role in the decrease.

Still plenty of catchable fish out there without a constant influx of stockers.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Aug. 9, 8:23:02 PM     Points: 11173    
Agreed^^^. They haven’t put slimers out here for years. We are doing just fine without them. 😎
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Aug. 9, 8:42:58 PM     Points: 65354    
No help to your question but it has been nice not having to fight the slimers off of my bait all the time.
 Reply by: elkskinner      Posted: Aug. 9, 9:11:38 PM     Points: 391    

The first 3 replies up top, all from guys who post here regularly. Guys with 5 digit "points." What's with the bad mouthing of stocker trout?

Personally, I have ZERO interest in catching stocker trout. I want big fish, and when I do decide to go after trout, I usually head north to North Park or southern Wyoming. And yes, I use bait. And hardware. And flies.

However......I have grandkids who love to catch stockers. My niece's daughter, 8 yrs old, loves to catch stocker trout. My daughter-in-law loves to catch stocker trout. I have introduced dozens - no, hundreds - of kids to fishing over the past 50, 60 years. I have never - I said, never - heard a kid denigrate a trout, whether its 12" long or a 5 pounder. What about those jr. high or high school kids who might log on here to pick up some useful information? Then they hear or see 3 of the regulars bad mouthing the "slimers." Sheesh!

Think of those less experienced folks, young or old, able or handicapped, who just might enjoy catching a 12" recently stocked trout before you hit that Enter button.

Dennis Hansen in Loveland
 Reply by: Piscifer      Posted: Aug. 10, 7:13:41 AM     Points: 36    
I just figured they always dialed back their stocking during the summer months because of low dissolved oxygen levels and higher mortality, with the exception of mountain lakes. I may be way off base. I don't follow that stuff all that closely.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Aug. 10, 10:03:21 AM     Points: 33512    
Feel better now??

Feel free to enlighten me to how my answer was elitist? The fires shut down hatcheries… and plenty of fish from previous stockings are still in the lakes. Facts…

 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Aug. 10, 10:08:40 AM     Points: 661    
LOL - elitist?? Not quite. Feelings get hurt a bit?
 Reply by: jig head      Posted: Aug. 10, 12:03:46 PM     Points: 766    
Stocker trout and good for kids, people new to fishing and food for other fish to eat. Otherwise there is little to no use for them in my opinion.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: Aug. 10, 4:22:57 PM     Points: 6654    
I love stocker trout. They fatten up the fish I am trying to catch )
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Aug. 11, 7:55:53 AM     Points: 11173    
Opinions asked for and received. If you took it the wrong way well I guess it happens. My guess it’s the ripple effect of last years doing. The fires, drought, and zombie apocalypse probably playing a big part of the decrease of stockers. We’re going to be seeing this effect for sometime on everything unfortunately.

And again agreed^^^^ slimers do grow some big fish 🐟 😜😎
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Aug. 16, 7:48:15 PM     Points: 1707    
I have realized the only lake in the metro that has trout that I even enjoy going after is Aurora, it can be hard to catch for those that don't have a kayak but it's the only lake that you will catch stockers or quality from shore because of the deep water access from the dam.

As far as stocking, anyone think the amount of people fishing and taking their limit will slow down a lot of the stocking?
 Reply by: 10-10_class      Posted: Aug. 17, 6:58:31 AM     Points: 6    
Catcing stockers are fine. When fishing is slow its nice to catch a few for reinforcement, especially at the Mile. Catching a few in the afternoon and then heading to the NW part of the lake near crate bay (name i gave it for many years) and later hoping for a trophy pike to land. Still after the state record.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Aug. 17, 4:32:01 PM     Points: 3124    
I like how this convo kinda got hijacked, lol.... but I don't have an issue with catching stockers either necessarily if that's what I know I'm getting into. For example- dead of winter and I wanna head down to Pueblo or the dream.... or if I'm looking to just grab some fish to take home.
Nothing wrong necessarily, especially if the stocker are able to grow up and wise up.
But at the same time, I'm not gonna complain if I catch wild fish. They fight better typically, and it's more satisfying... IMO anyway.
 Reply by: SisBob      Posted: Aug. 17, 6:08:48 PM     Points: 0    
It would be nice if they were a little tougher. Seems like the majority end up belly up
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Aug. 17, 7:43:04 PM     Points: 33512    
^^ yeah, they really should find a species of fish to breed them with that’s able to be gut hooked with a treble slathered in powerbait, and have the treble ripped out poorly, and survive. 😂😂😂

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