I’m fairly certain after much thought and investigation that the fish below are simply holdover stocked fish. One of the difficult things I run into with fishing for large brook trout in Pennsylvania is that we have a wide variety of stocked fish appearances. It seems like trout stocked from one hatchery will look quite a bit different from those stocked from another. There is also the issue of interbreeding between wild trout and stocked trout.
In a recent post: It’s the Food! I show several different brook trout caught from this stream. There is a clear difference between the fish in terms of appearance.
While these are good-looking brook trout, they’re just holdover stocked trout.