I was scrolling across On The Water (great site by the way; check it out if you have time), when I stumbled across this…
I found this article very interesting, as well as the feedback it received. Basically, in case you skipped the article, Connecticut will be stocking 400 giant brown trout into various bodies of water across the state. Now here’s where it gets interesting:the trout average 15 pounds (yes, 15 pounds!), and a many will exceed 20 pounds! That is bigger than the current CT state record.
So I read the comments on this article, other articles, and asked around, and the feedback was mostly negative. I personally have mixed feelings about this matter. On one hand, no, I don’t like that some guy chucking Powerbait can suddenly catch the new state record brown trout, and take it from someone who caught an 18 pound trout that grew and grew and grew and grew, until it was the biggest fish around. But I see a lot of positives out of this too. Personally, I’d love to catch a double digit trout, especially since that is very hard to do in MA. I think that this stocking will help the state make some serious revenue, because anglers are gonna want to give it a shot. I bet a bunch of anglers who live close by will make the drive, pick up a CT license, and give it a shot. I think it does provide a neat opportunity for anglers.
I think as a compromise, they should have considered stocking the same amount of trout, but in the 10-15 pound range. Make the trout work to put on those final 5 pounds, to make them a record. But I like the idea overall, despite the problems with there being new records out there.
And I am actually not sure where they are being stocked, but I assume it will be mostly in deep reservoirs. But I think it would be cool to see a few double digit browns in some of the larger rivers. That would really get some fly fishers excited.
Now even if you wouldn’t fish for these big, stocked fish, I am still interested to hear what you guys think about this program. Good or bad overall, for the state and the anglers?