Well, three back-to-back-to-back Nor’Easters, we’re not counting that fourth one, have delayed the state’s stocking program, but it should be starting back up any day now. Now that we are all dug out and have power, most of us that is, the sunny days that are forecast make everyone’s thoughts turn to Spring Trout Fishing. The MassWildLife stocking program is quite intense. They will be placing close to 500,000 brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout from MassWildlife’s five hatcheries located in Sandwich, Palmer, Belchertown, Sunderland, and Montague. These fish, coupled with the more than 65,000 fish stocked last fall, will provide some excellent fishing in the coming months. Anglers can get daily stocking updates at Mass.gov/Trout, by following the Goose on Facebook, or contact individual district offices for the latest stocking information.
2018 Spring trout stocking stats:
- Most of the trout will be over 12 inches
- More than 40% of the trout will be over 14 inches
- More than 51,000 brook trout will be over 12 inches
- More than 200,000 rainbow trout will be over 14 inches
- More than 1,200 brown trout will be over 18 inches
- More than 500 brook trout will be over 15 inches
- Approximately 1,000 tiger trout will be over 14 inches
We have everything you’ll need to get back out there and as the weather warms and the fish start biting. Rods, Reels, Lures and Live Bait. Stop in and get what you need. We can also set you up with waders, boots and fowl weather gear so you will be set for any end of season squalls that may blow thru. Danny, Chris and Sam have been out scouting the ponds. Stop by and has for tips and pointers on what’s working and where to go. Spring trout fishing is a lot of fun, and is a great way to spend your time outdoors before the stripers show up.