Podcast: Rosenbauer on Fishing Wild and Stocked Trout

November 1, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

“What’s the difference in fishing for hatchery as opposed to wild trout?” That’s one question Tom answers in his latest podcast, which covers: how to identify hatchery fish and how to feed them (they can become highly selective), the differences between “wild” and “native trout,” how tactics need to be adjusted for each, and much more.
“The other clue to telling whether it’s a hatchery trout is to examine the fins, particularly the fins along the ventral or bottom surface of the fish. Hatchery fish will usually have fairly ragged edges along their fins. This can also happen in wild trout, particularly close to spawning season, when fish start fighting and nipping each others’ fins.”