In 2006, trout season officially begins in all waters open to public angling on Saturday, April 8 at 8 a.m. Each spring
approximately 570,000 trout are stocked in the state's public waters during. Standard production trout average 10.5 inches but range up to 12 inches.
opening day, approximately 181,000 trout will have been stocked in the state's
freshwater streams, lakes, ponds and impoundments. Among those stocked pre-season
are 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 available all season, awaiting anglers.
The Division began a program in 2004 of stocking higher numbers of broodstock in nine trout-stocked ponds
and small lakes. This program continued in 2005 in a different set of
waters and in 2006 yet different waters will receive these fish - five to ten times more broodstock than they have traditionally received. 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 begun last year mean 70 lakes and ponds are being stocked one week earlier than in past years, with most being restocked during Week 1.
caught at Garveys Pond.