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April 21, 2017

Fish Stocking Underway Across Vermont

Vermont Fish & Wildlife to Stock 1.2 Million Fish in 2017

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has kicked off fish stocking work across the state, an effort that will ultimately result in over 1 million fish being distributed into Vermont waters in 2017.

"While we did some pond and lake stocking earlier in April, our stream and river stocking work is beginning this week and will be in full swing for the month of May," said Adam Miller, fish culture operations manager with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. "Our stocking efforts, which are supported by our fish culture program, are designed to help maintain and restore fisheries, while also increasing recreational angling opportunities."

The Department's fish stocking work includes the strategic distribution of brook, brown, lake, rainbow and steelhead rainbow trout, as well as landlocked Atlantic salmon and walleye.

One popular component of the stocking program is the trophy trout initiative, which stocks large, 2-year-old brook, brown and rainbow trout in lakes, ponds and rivers throughout Vermont.

"Nearly 15,000 trophy trout will be stocked this year, and anglers will be able to fish almost 21 miles of rivers and 16 lakes and ponds that are designated as trophy water," Miller said.

The following streams will be stocked with trophy trout between now and mid-May:

Black River

East Creek

Lamoille River

Missisquoi River

Otter Creek

Passumpsic River

Walloomsac River

Winooski River

Stocking of trophy trout in the following lakes and ponds is also in progress:

Amherst Lake

Black Pond

Echo Lake

Holland Pond

Kent Pond

Knapp Pond No. 1

Lake Paran

Lake Raponda

Lake Rescue

Lake Shaftsbury

McIntosh Pond

Mill Pond

Miller Pond

Smith Pond

Stoughton Pond

Sunset Lake

For a complete 2017 stocking schedule, to purchase a fishing license, or for more information on fishing in Vermont, visit

Media Contact: Adam Miller, 802-777-2852

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: April 21, 2017 08:41:39