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Trout Stocking Begins

Posted By Toby Lapinski, March 13, 2017
Trout Stocking Begins
The Cape received the first of the state's nearly 500,000 trout to be stocked this spring across Massachusetts this spring.

The big news across Massachusetts right now follows along with much of what we’ve been reporting all winter, and that is that trout fishing is very good and will only get better now that the state began stocking lakes and ponds last week. Close to 500,000 brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout will be stocked this spring from MassWildlife’s five hatcheries located in Sandwich, Palmer, Belchertown, Sunderland, and Montague. These fish, coupled with the more than 80,000 fish stocked last fall, will provide some excellent fishing in the coming months. Here are some 2017 spring trout stocking stats from the MassWildlife website:

  • Most of the trout will be over 12 inches
  • Nearly half of the trout will be over 14 inches
  • More than 1,400 brown trout will be over 18 inches
  • More than 600 brook trout will be over 15 inches
  • More than 2000 tiger trout will be over 14 inches
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