March 20, 2006
As we enter spring, trout stocking is underway as 636,000 brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout will be stocked in Massachusetts streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. Stocking began in late February and will be complete by Memorial Day.
According to figures from MassWildlife, the numbers breakdown as follows:
-287,000 rainbow trout over 12 inches
-88,000 rainbow trout from 9-11 inches
-51,500 brown trout up to 12 inches
-119,000 brown trout from 6-11 inches
The general rule of thumb is that the larger bodies of waters will receive the larger fish while the brooks and streams will be stocked with the smaller fish. Stocking is subject to ice out and road (dirt) conditions as the trout-stocking trucks are quite large.
Being a North Shore guy, I can tell you that the following bodies of waters have been stocked recently in the area:
- Berry Pond, North Andover
- Rock Pond, Georgetown
- Strangman Pond, Gloucester
- Forest Lake, Methuen
- Lake Pentucket, Haverhill
- Western 413-447-9789
- Valley 413-323-7632
- Central 508-835-3607
- Northeast 978-263-4347
- Southeast 508-759-3406
Don't forget to get your 2006 fishing license!!