tofanema wrote:If you enjoy fishing, can you tell the difference between native trout and the planter fish? In the good old days, we just fished and could enjoy native trout. We enjoyed fishing at a lake up in the mountains, and the native trout seemed to be a firmer texture. (This is in Oregon) I just wonder if some of you old timers ever noticed the difference. I loved fishing and wish I could go as often as I use to...I really need to get out there and at it again. It is probably one of the most relaxing ways we can spend a vacation...for old timers like me anyway.
Yes it's fairly easy to tell. Planters have a lighter colored flesh from the feed in the hatcheries when they are young. They also generally have less defined markings in the coloration of the skin. If they survive a couple of years though their flesh turns the red or salmon color of a native over time, but their coloration still looks washed out. A Planters flesh is mushy because they are raised in tanks with flowing water instead of getting constant exercise as they do in nature.
In Rainbow Trout it's really easy to tell by the flesh color. With Browns after they mature the flesh is harder to tell apart, but you can also tell with both by the fins. Planters have fins that are worn off from the handling and the concrete basins they are raised in. Generally the fins are the proof and its easy to see. Natives will have perfect fins without damage and a rich salmon colored flesh which tastes different also when they are young.
Does not matter though if they survive a couple of seasons.