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Hatchery trucks ready to roll

March 30, 2006 - TRC

AUGUSTA -- Trout and salmon hatcheries around the state are gearing up for the spring stocking season. Over 500,000 trout and salmon ranging in size from 6-12 inches will be placed in the waterways around the state starting the first week of April. An ambitious stocking program this past fall means hundreds of thousands of trout and salmon are already in waterways around the state.

Trucks from the Dry Mills Hatchery in Gray are headed to York County starting next week, and they plan on stocking waterways in York, Oxford and Cumberland County throughout April. By the time spring stocking has concluded, trout and salmon will have been placed in over 700 ponds, lakes streams and rivers around the state.

"This is the busy time for the hatcheries. Once open water season starts, the trucks start moving. We start stocking in the southern part of the state, and as waters start to open up, we start to move north," said Steve Wilson, Superintendent of Fish Hatcheries for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Most of the fish stocked early in the season are brought by truck to their destination, then either sluiced into the waterway, or on larger bodies of water, loaded into tanks and brought by boat to deeper water where they are released. Later in the season, fish will be stocked by plane, and even backpacked into remote ponds.

A 2005 Fish Stocking Report is available at the Information Center at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at 284 State Street in Augusta, or on the department web site at www.mefishwildlife.com. This report lets anglers know what body of water fish were stocked, how many fish were stocked, how big they were and when they were stocked.

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