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March 29, 2013

Vermont’s Spring Trout Stocking to Start Soon - Stocking Schedule is on VT F&W's Website

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reports that as warmer weather approaches and anglers prepare for spring and summer fishing, its five state fish culture stations are gearing up as well.

Adam Miller, Vermont’s Fish Culture Operations Manager, provided an overview of trout and salmon stocking planned for this spring.

“Fish & Wildlife’s popular ‘trophy trout’ stocking program will continue this year with close to 14,150 two-year old trout slated for stocking statewide,” said Miller. “Over 16 miles of streams and rivers and 14 lakes and ponds designated as trophy water will be available for angling. This will be an exciting year of angling if you like catching big fish.”

The following streams will be stocked with trophy trout, starting in May:

Black River -- Cavendish-Weathersfield

East Creek -- Rutland

Lamoille River -- Fairfax

Mississquoi River -- in Enosburg

Otter Creek -- Danby/Mt Tabor

Passumpsic River -- St. Johnsbury

Winooski River -- Waterbury, Duxbury

Trophy trout will be stocked in these lakes and ponds starting in April:

Amherst Lake -- Plymouth

Black Pond -- Hubbardton

Echo Lake -- Plymouth

Kent Pond -- Killington

Knapp Pond No 1 -- Reading-Cavendish

Lake Paran -- Bennington/Shaftsbury

Lake Raponda -- Wilmington

Lake Rescue -- Ludlow

Lake Shaftsbury -- Shaftsbury

McIntosh Pond -- Royalton

Mill Pond -- Windsor

Miller Pond -- Strafford

Stoughton Pond -- Weathersfield

Sunset Lake -- Brookfield

In addition to the trophy trout, Miller says 264,950 yearling landlocked salmon, brook, brown, rainbow, lake trout, and steelhead rainbow trout will be stocked this year in streams, as well as lakes and ponds other than Lake Champlain. Lake and pond stocking will begin as soon as ice begins to clear and road conditions allow. River and stream stocking generally occurs in May, after spring flows have receded and temperatures are more conducive for fishing.

Lake Champlain is scheduled to be stocked with 314,400 yearling landlocked salmon, steelhead rainbow trout, brown trout, and lake trout, and over 120,000 landlocked salmon fry, and fingerlings. In addition over 100,000 walleye fry and fingerlings will be stocked into the lake.

Vermont’s 2013 stocking schedule for trout and salmon is on the Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) under “Fishing.” The site is searchable for lake, pond or stream, town, or species of fish. Lakes and ponds are first to receive fish in the spring, while rivers are stocked later after the high water run-off has passed. Anglers are advised to keep in mind that trophy area stocking dates are subject to change based on weather and water conditions.

Vermont’s trout fishing season opens Saturday, April 13, and will continue through October 31. Fishing regulations are explained in the “2013 Vermont Hunting, Fishing and Laws and Guide” available at license agents and from our department, and a digital version is on the Fish &Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Fishing licenses are available on the website and from license agents.

Willoughby River steelhead provide a popular spring fishery in the Northeast Kingdom Village of Orleans during April and early May. These steelhead are on their spring spawning run from Lake Memphremagog, and they always attract a lot of interest as they jump the falls in Orleans.

Vermont is fortunate in having excellent fishing opportunities for wild trout. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department points out that some of the biggest brown trout are typically caught during early spring in many rivers throughout the state.

For more information, check the Fish & Wildlife website or contact them by phone at 802-241-3700 or by Email at fwinformation@state.vt.us

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: March 29, 2013 11:25:37