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THE TROUT TRUCKS ARE ROLLING

With the arrival of the first week of March, state stocking trucks have begun dropping fish all around New England.
By Toby Lapinski
Tags: freshwater
THE TROUT TRUCKS ARE ROLLING
Connecticut began stocking its TMA's on March 2, 2017. Image courtesy of the Connecticut Fish & Wildlife Facebook Page.

Well, it's official; state trout-stocking trucks began their annual ritual last week and anglers are excited! There were posts on March 2 and 3 on the Connecticut Fish & Wildlife Facebook page announcing that three of the state's Trout Managemnet Areas (TMA's) received some fish. Included in this first round of stocking were the Willimantic, Salmon, Mill, Mianus, Hockanum and Saugatuck Rivers. Keep in mind that while fishing is allowed year-round in the TMA’s, it is catch-and-release only right now and some sections have gear restrictions (fly fishing only) so be sure to verify the status of the section of the river in which you are fishing. All of the details can be found in the Connecticut Angler's Guide.

It's not just Connecticut, however, as Rhode Island will begin their spring stocking any day and Massachusetts announced on its Facebook page that their stocking trucks began running on March 7.

One benefit to the lack of ice seen across southern New England for much of the past winter is that there will be little hard water to get in the way. In past years when a cold spring followed a brutal winter, stocking locations would have to be modified to find open water, and some agencies even resorted to breaking ice to stock fish at times. There is little worry of that happening this year!

2017 OPENING DAYS ACROSS NEW ENGLAND

Massachusetts: Open year-round
Maine: Open-water fishing begins April 1
Connecticut: April 8
Vermont: April 8
Rhode Island: April 8
New Hampshire: April 22

REGIONAL STATE STOCKING LISTS

Connecticut

Delaware

Maine

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Vermont

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