Reply by: elkskinner Posted: Aug. 9, 9:11:38 PM Points: 391
WHAT A BUNCH OF ELITIST SNOBS!
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.
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: 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.