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2006 Spring Trout Fishing Information

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arrow Bonus Broodstock Ponds and Lakes
arrow 2006 Trout Regulations (pdf, 85kb)
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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.

By 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.

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 13, 2006