First off stocked fish are placed there to be caught killed and eaten and thats what happens. I've seen countless sets of parents with their kids along the bank having the time of thier life catching stockers. Not everyone that enjoys fishing cares if its 10in or 16in and thats why when you get in the car drive for 1/2 hour set up your lawn chair and fish with your pole in a pole holder thats what you get. Its supposed to be easy, and therefore inticing to those new to the world of fishing. I've hooked many a newbie onto fishing by going to trillium or harriet and Catching not Fishing. It seems to me that some have almost an elitest attitude to those in the angling world that dont know what a belly boat is or can't tell a brookie from a brown. If you dont like stockers go to a river, hike into a nice little alpine lake, ocean, ponds, go target kokane at timothy, go get a steelhead summer or winter, salmon spring or fall. We live in such a geologicly diverse area that there is always somewhere where you can go target something special. Plus if your on this forum your probably fairly competent when it comes to a rod and reel. I can go to Harriet and target browns all day, and produce browns. Threre are monsters in Trillium way back in the weeds. But, if you want to pull off the side of the highway, wedge in between the lawn chairs, step over the little kids and then cast your powerbait free barbless catch and release hook from your $300 loomis with you florocarbon line. Then you might be dissapointed because these family environments are exactly that a place where dad can throw the kids in, grab the wife, and go CATCH
fish. Me, you'll find me in waders 4 A.M middle of the sandy freezing my tail off Cause in the real world thats what it takes to produce the fish that I want to take home. If I maybe have a couple extra hours in a day and just want to go fishing with my girl, We'll be in our lawn chairs, poles in holders, USING POWERBAIT fishin for 10" ers and loving it. Thanks ODFW!!!!
Also power bait is worthless in any environment except nice still water. Coincidently thats where the stockers are that people catch to kill and eat. (so it works out.) As far as its effect on the envi
ronment lead weights, beer cans, CIGARETTE BUTTS, campfire pits, rubber worms, monofilament tangles, foot traffic, ect.... are all devestating and all unfortunatly common in these places. Removing powerbait will not solve the problem. We need to educate people on being good stewards of the land.
So if you hate powerbait and 10" fish, then DON'T go to the lake where powerbait is legal and the fish are 10" in long. ( I know I know it seems tuff to comprehend.
You may disagree with me and thats fine to each there own but if you agree then lets pull up some lawn chairs crack a cold one and ball up some powerbait I got all sorts of colors to mix