Here in Missouri the Catch-And-Keep season that begins in March goes all the way until October. A loonngg time for fish to do what they must to survive in their ole floating grounds and keep from being airlifted into a fisherman's net.
For rainbow trout eager to squeeze out an extra month of life and avoid the temptation of baited hooks and flashy lures, they might be able to make that dream come true in Michigan, New Jersey, Washington and New York, where opening day for trout fishing isn't until April. Yellowstone National Park would be the choicest spot for those fish not eager to scale back (yup, pun intended), on their already fairly short lives. No fishing at Yellowstone until Memorial Day weekend.
I have mixed feelings about the fish hatchery business. The fish are basically being raised so some angler can snatch them out of their cozy, damp living room to turn it into a entree for his dinner plate. Makes me sad for the fish, really it does. I don't recall ever fishing in a lake or river that was "stocked". Maybe I did and didn't know it. Fishing in a lake or river that isn't stocked seems more fair to the fish and more of a challenge to the angler.
I'm not fishing for comments, (I know, I know, could not resist), but if you have one, please share!