Scout It Out
Sciascia recommends visiting the river you plan to fish before the season opens to figure out exactly where the fish were stocked. Look for easy access points close to roads, where stocking trucks and workers can reach the water. "If the water in that spot is skinny and fast, a breeder is not going to stay there, but smaller fish might," Sciascia says. "Breeders don't want to fight heavy current, so if there's no deeper, slower water right at the stock point, you already know any breeders released there will have moved up or downstream."