They sure tasted like native brookies. I got one whole sandwich outta the three of them.
Seriously I believe they were natives as this spot contains a spring fed feeder stream. It is one of only two places in this part of the state that I have ever caught them. I was originally fishing for leftover stockies on a beautiful fall afternoon when I got this pleasant little surprise. Which in actuality went back in as fast as they came out.
In the past when I have run into the "Trout Wagons" I have helped them unload the fish. What a nice guy! But have never seen fish this small stocked.
I could ask the people that I know at MA F&W if there is a brookie smolt stocking program in the NE.