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2005 Spring Trout Fishing Information

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Each year approximately 575,000 trout are stocked in the state's public waters during the spring. Standard production trout average 10.5 inches but range up to 12 inches. Trout season officially began in all waters open to public angling on Saturday, April 9 at 8 a.m.

By opening day, approximately 173,000 trout were stocked in the state's freshwater streams, lakes, ponds and impoundments. Among those stocked pre-season were approximately 4,000 to 6,000 surplus broodstock weighing 3 to 5 pounds each and ranging from 14 to 22 inches. Many of these fish remain, awaiting anglers.

In 2004 the Division stocked higher numbers of broodstock in nine trout-stocked ponds and small lakes. This program is being continued in 2005 in a different set of waters which will receive five to ten times more broodstock than they have traditionally received in the past. For more information on where to find these fish see the Bonus Broodstock Ponds and Lakes page.

Anglers are reminded that changes in the stocking schedule means 70 lakes and ponds are being stocked one week earlier than in past years, with most being restocked during Week 1.

Girl with trout
Trout caught at Garveys Pond.

Less crowded waters can often be found in special regulation areas - see the Freshwater Digest for details. Anglers should remember to check brook trout for jaw tags - if one is landed you have a "Hook-a-Winner" fish! Anglers are also encouraged to let us know how the fishing is by submiting information using the on-line "E-fishing Log."


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Last Updated: April 14, 2005