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: Trout Stocking 2001

03-09-2001, 12:27 PM
Released February 28, 2001


MassWildlife's trout hatcheries in Montague, Sunderland, Belchertown and Sandwich are
gearing up for the week of March 5, when District trout stocking trucks will start rolling in
for daily fill-ups of brown, brook and rainbow trout. For die-hard trout anglers, Christmas
comes in March when the trucks begin delivering the fish to local ponds and lakes.

According to Dr. Ken Simmons, Chief Fish Culturist for MassWildlife, "It's been a productive
year for the hatcheries. We'll be putting out more than 630 thousand trout this spring and
more than 428 thousand of them will be a foot or more in length. Those are quality fish by
anyone's standards and they'll be reaching local waters the week of March 5th if the
weather cooperates."

Each of MassWildlife's five regional Districts will be drawing on an average allocation of 125
thousand fish for spring stocking. The contact information is as follows:

Northeast District
Peter Jackson
Southeast District
Steve Hurley
Central District
Lee McLaughlin
Conn. Valley District
Dave Basler
Western District
Andrew Madden

District offices will provide stocking updates by phone while the statewide list of stocked
trout waters and weekly stocking summaries will be posted on the agency website at

More than half of the fish scheduled to be stocked are rainbows (361,620) with browns
(194,200), brookies (72,380) and tiger trout (2,500) rounding out the field. Truck access,
ice, weather and water conditions will dictate exactly where and when the trout are
stocked so check with the Districts for the most current information. Rivers and streams
will begin receiving fish when water levels are suitable. For more information, contact the
nearest MassWildlife District office.

03-11-2001, 04:56 PM
Was there was any mention of wild fish management where you found this info? I agree wholeheartedly that most of these waters are put-and-take fisheries and there would not be a fishery without stocking not only here but in many parts of the country (and the world for that matter)... but what bugs me a little is the lack of thinking about protection and welfare of existing wild fish stocks by F&G agencies. Maybe they're thinking about it but not publishing anything? Any thoughts out there?

03-12-2001, 09:45 AM
>>but what bugs me a little is the lack of thinking about protection and welfare of existing wild fish stocks by F&G agencies. Maybe they're thinking about it but not publishing anything?<<

They are indeed, and that's part of the point. I talked to a DFW guy a couple of years ago about some wild trout streams and one of the points he made was that he stopped stocking a certain river in order to have it fall off the stocking lists and hence off many people's fishing destinations.

If a river looks trouty and it's not on a stocking list it may be an intentional effort on the part of the state to restore a wild fishery.

03-12-2001, 10:20 AM
Sounds good. We can go try out our new hardware!

Powers: Sounds good too. I'm fascinated with wild brookies. It occured to me yesterday thatI ought to think outside the box of Massachusetts more. I live 15 mins from the N.H. border where there a more of them wild gems than one would think, I think.


John Desjardins
03-12-2001, 12:11 PM
The Commonwealth of Massachussetts publishes very few things on wild fish. I've been looking through the descriptions of wildlife management areas for finding off the beaten track locations. This yeilded the following gem.

"-------- -----, a cold water stream with a population of native brook trout runs north to south through the center of the area." The description also includes "It will take some hiking to reach this secluded ---- acre area".

The name & size have been changed to protect those innocent Brookies. I haven't looked through all the descriptions but there may be more to be found.

Terry, I have done well on what I believe are native trout in the white mountain region of NH.
I realize that it doesn't have natives, but I've always wanted to fish the portion of the Nittisset after it exits Silver Lake in Brookline. For some reason I've never done it though.

03-12-2001, 12:53 PM
I know some places where native brookies thrive in NH as well. I wouldn't post them on any website either, but it would be cool to go see if they are still the unmolested populations they were last time I went.

How about a "wild things" tour with a zip-lipped group to share their native brookie motherloads within the group in late March or early April? No specific info posted, only invitations to join the group.

As photogenic as they are, we'll have to snap photos of them but no there will be no details unless you attend. Might be a fun spin on the usual internet dilemma!

03-15-2001, 01:14 PM
BTW - Mike, that sounds very reassuring. I hope they succeed!

03-20-2001, 05:36 AM
I was at the gas Station the other day, when the stocking truck pulled in, I got into a conversation with the driver, He was telling me that 99% of the ponds on the Cape are stocked. He was also saying that the Yahoo's are following him from the hatchery's to the ponds, and casting lures at the stocking ramp, as he is trying to stock the pond.