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Stocking the Creeks

Brook Trout
Brook Trout

April 1st is the first day of the Trout season here in New York State and this is the day that everyone is excited to catch their first Trout of the season! I was lucky enough to help the DEC on the 31st March with stocking of Brown Trout and Brook Trout along the streams in Allegany State Park!

Placing into bucket
Placing into the buckets!

First they pull the buckets off the truck and fill the buckets with water! The Trout are gathered into nets and then placed into the buckets~!

Fish in the bucket
Being Carried to the Stream edge!

The buckets are then carried over to the stream by volunteers and gently released into the stream where they dart towards the deeper holes. The streams are now stocked and ready for the mass numbers of anglers!

Being Released into the Creek!

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12 responses

  1. Marg

    That looks like fun!….and also like a good workout πŸ˜‰

    1 April 2009 at 5:25 pm

  2. Interesting post! I’ve never seen fish stocking “in action.” Do any of these fish reproduce?

    1 April 2009 at 7:56 pm

  3. Interesting! I had no idea!

    1 April 2009 at 8:01 pm

  4. Oh, so cool!!! You do the best stuff! Our son is going fly fishing this weekend hopefully….

    1 April 2009 at 8:10 pm

  5. What beauties! I hope I catch a few of them this year.

    1 April 2009 at 9:11 pm

  6. Lisa at Greenbow

    That first picture looks like a true Pices. This stocking makes the stream sort of like a pay for fishing pond like around here. Do any of the fish survive and reproduce there?

    2 April 2009 at 6:58 am

  7. That looks like a great job. The fish are happy to be released from that crowded bucket, I’m sure.

    2 April 2009 at 9:39 am

  8. They won’t all get caught, will they?

    2 April 2009 at 5:11 pm

  9. Love that first photo. What a cute little guy!

    2 April 2009 at 5:52 pm

  10. Brookies Rock! Around here they stock mostly rainbows and we have wild browns but for sheer beauty, it’s hard to top a brookie.

    2 April 2009 at 7:36 pm

  11. I used to love fishing … especially on opening day. I haven’t gone in years, though. I remember watching them stock the creeks a day or two beforehand, and wanting desperately to fish a little early – but never had the guts to.

    Nice pictures!

    3 April 2009 at 1:21 pm

  12. @ Marg – Sure was, thanks!
    @ Beth – They do stock the breeders in the fall normally, these are one year olds!
    @ Rondi – Thanks
    @ Threecollie – Thanks and hope you have fun fishing!
    @ Linda – Get out there . . .lots of people are out!
    @ Lisa – They do survive and produce !
    @ Joan – Thanks and it is fun
    @ Ruthie – prob not . . . some animals might get a few!
    @ Right Blue – thanks
    @ edvatza – We do get some rainbows in the lakes
    @ Marty – you should get out . . . great time of the year to do it!

    4 April 2009 at 4:19 pm

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