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Fish Stocking

Brook Trout
Brook Trout

Today I had the opportunity to help with stocking 5,000 Brook Trout and 5,000 Brown Trout here in the State Park. It is a tradition of many fishermen to go out on the 1st of April and catch their first trout for the season.

Stocking Trucks

As the fish hatchery trucks stopped along the creeks, the staff would load the fish into multiple buckets. Our helpers would then carry the buckets over to the waters edge and then release the fish into the creek. We had a great time helping stock these trout and it is always fun to see these beautiful fish up close.

Filling the buckets!
Placing the trout into the bucket

I observed my first Eastern Phoebe for 2008 (CHECK) at our first drop off spot! The Phoebe wasn’t vocal and just sat there bobbling its tall at me! I only had my point-and-shoot camera with me so I didn’t get its picture! All other photos that I captured of the fish didn’t turn out due to the fog and rain that we had. So I decided to use all of these pictures from what I had captured last year.

Throwing into the streams
Going into the Creek


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17 responses

  1. Very cool! Although, I’m pretty tired and I read the title “Fish stocking” and thought — why on earth is Mon@rch putting stockings on a fish? 🙂

    31 March 2008 at 7:43 pm

  2. @ Liza – LOL – it keeps the fish warmer in the water when you put stockings on them! 🙂

    31 March 2008 at 7:52 pm

  3. Did you have fun fishing?

    31 March 2008 at 8:03 pm

  4. I always wondered how they transported the fish….glad you included the pictures of those trucks.

    How many will survive the transfer do you think?

    31 March 2008 at 8:22 pm

  5. Lisa at Greenbow

    You get to do some mighty interesting things with your job.

    31 March 2008 at 8:32 pm

  6. I’m not sure, but I just heard that fish do not feel pain. Is this true or is it just something to justify sport fishing?

    31 March 2008 at 9:04 pm

  7. Brook trout are so beautiful and one of my favorite fish to catch. I guess we’ll have to get a NY fishing license, too. I’m sure it would be really fun fishing up there.

    31 March 2008 at 9:05 pm

  8. That’s cool! You sure do get to do interesting things with your job! Our local station did a feature on our area Audobon tonight and I heard that they are having a night to watch the salamander migration. I’m thinking of taking my nephew, thanks to reading the posts of your experiences. April 12 is the date….

    31 March 2008 at 9:15 pm

  9. @ Samuel – I didn’t get to go fishing and the 1st of April is the start of Trout Season!
    @ Sherry – They have large fish tanks! LOL, not sure but for all those we release . . . I didn’t find any floating afterwords! They really have gotten this down to a science!
    @ Lisa – this was with my job but most things I post is what I do on my own time! Thanks
    @ Scienceguy – I wish I could answer that for you but I don’t know the answer! Maybe someone else can help with that answer??
    @ Linda – thanks and they sure are! It is great to get out in nature to do some fishing! Do get that license!
    @ Rondi – Thanks and I think around here tomorrow will be the big night! But, I am heading out as soon as I hit submit comment and look for some early migrants! I hope you do decide to go and find some! Will be checking the blog post tomorrow!

    31 March 2008 at 9:59 pm

  10. Neat post but those trout are too skinny! April fools on the fishermen!

    31 March 2008 at 10:16 pm

  11. Stocking trout–yea, that’s something that is going on around here too. We live fairly close to at least one fish hatchery. And we live near the Juniata River which is well known for fishing.
    I never got into fishing, though, I must confess. I always feel sorry for the fish. Hmmm–too soft-hearted.

    31 March 2008 at 10:41 pm

  12. Any trout go straight from the hatchery truck to the frying pan?

    1 April 2008 at 3:40 am

  13. Thanks for the photos–I always wondered how they stocked trout (which they do in all the streams around here). Are those trout native to the creek?

    1 April 2008 at 8:52 am

  14. The trout are beautiful fish. Our fishing day opens the first Saturday in May, and with some luck it will not still be winter. Though we don’t fly fish in the rivers, we go to the smaller lakes fishing for bass and walleye.

    1 April 2008 at 11:58 am

  15. @ Chicago – they are yearlings! LOL
    @ KGMom – How neat and I bet your family visited the hatchery all the time! I was one who didn’t get into it also but its mostly because I am busy with everything else!
    @ Marvin – Not that I know about and sure hope no one did!
    @ Joan – Glad you enjoyed and always looking for something to share with everyone!
    @ barb – thanks and we have different fish at different times! Trout is many of our locals fave of all fish!

    1 April 2008 at 7:00 pm

  16. lvn600

    The fisherman around Connecticut get the stocking schedule and are there to fish them right back out.-Trout are beautiful fish!

    3 April 2008 at 8:50 pm

  17. Grace

    There was a phoebe among all those trout; I’m sure of it. Great find.

    3 April 2008 at 11:34 pm

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