Given a choice of 2 rivers where would you go first.
Like most things fishing related, it depends. 600 wild winter runs in a river that is blown out much of the time won't yield many hook ups. Conversely, 3,000 hatchery summer runs in optimal September and October water conditions could produce many hook ups per day, including surface takes. But generally yes, wild steelhead yield more hook ups, about 3 to 1, over their hatchery counterparts.You'll catch more fish on 600 wild fish than 3000 hatchery fish,
However if there was a river that had 10 miles and 600 wild fish there it's either a well guarded secret or is over run with people..... Or those 600 fish are in closed waters in the case of West side summer runs.I knew that, that was what made me wonder about the question.
And cost the state alot less