While I prefer to catch wild fish. The one I remember the most was I think a stocked fish.
It had rained quite a bit the previous few days that made fishing a small lake the best option, For me and several other people lining the bank. Most of them were fishing the west end or the north side that has a lot of trees right to the bank. I mostly had the more open area south side to myself.
I could see the dorsal and tail fins of a large fish above the water surface as it was swimming back and forth near the bank over a short distance. Clearly in the mood for a meal.
After a few cast near the fish I hooked it. A 4 m rod gives a fish a lot of leverage. The pull was hard, and it took a couple of minutes to bring it in. Fortunately I did bring my tamo that day. Well, kind of. This rainbow trout was so big it was difficult keeping it in the net. It was long and fat. With its head at the bottom of the net about half of the fish was still sticking up above the frame. And not to keen on staying in the net.
Of course all the loud splashing of the water attracted attention of other people. Followed by disbelief and objections once they realized I was going to release the fish. And pleas for me to instead give the fish to them. I told them I wouldn’t dare cheat them out of the fun of catching the fish themselves. Then let it go. They were -
I caught a few more fish farther eastward. But after several minutes I noticed what appeared to be the same fish had stopped pouting and had returned to feeding in about the same location. But now several lure anglers were casting for the fish.
A young woman caught the fish. She kept it.
As she walked away from the water, holding the fish with both hands to put the fish in a cooler in her vehicle. It became clear it was a female fish fat with eggs as the orange eggs started squirting out onto the ground.
So I was disappointed the fish was kept, invited home for dinner, and not released to produce a lot of little fish for the next year.