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Updated trout stocking numbers available


Madison (News Release) - Updated information on where and how many legal-sized trout were stocked this spring for the 2010 inland fishing season are now available online on the "Catchable-size Trout Stocking 2010" page of the Department of Natural Resources website.

Catchable size trout were stocked in scores of waters statewide and in several dozen urban fishing ponds, as shown here, before the 2010 season opened May 1.
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The numbers and locations where the fish were stocked now reflect fish stocked from the Lakewood Rearing Station as well as from the Nevin Fish Hatchery, Osceola Fish Hatchery and St. Croix Falls Hatchery. The Lakewood numbers were not included in those totals posted to the web on April 20.

The majority of Wisconsin's 10,000 miles of trout streams are self-sustaining, and fish managers are predicting a banner year for wild trout in many waters, according to forecasts in the 2010 Wisconsin Fishing Report.

But the DNR stocks some waters that cannot naturally sustain fish populations overwinter to provide additional fishing opportunities, and these so-called put-and-take waters have traditionally been popular fisheries.

Additional fish were raised and stocked through cooperative rearing agreements with fishing clubs, and about 70,000 fish were stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes and ponds cooperatively managed with the local municipality and used as a place for fishing clinics and kids fishing.

The trout stocked are between 16 and 18 months old and are typically at least 9 inches long. The DNR tries to make sure that 80 to 90 percent of these fish are legal size or better.

Late shifts scramble stocking

A number of vacancies and the confirmation earlier this year of viral hemorrhagic septicemia in fish from Lake Superior forced late shifts in fish production and stocking. As a result, many northern inland waters originally planned to get brook and rainbow trout did not get them.

Southeastern waters normally stocked with brown trout and rainbow trout are getting more rainbows this year and no brown trout. A combination of factors led to fewer browns produced by hatcheries this year for stocking, according to Sue Beyler, fisheries supervisor based in Waukesha.

"Because we had a slight surplus of rainbows available from our hatcheries, we were able to replace normal brown trout stocking with at least some rainbows in Waubesse Lake in Racine County, Rock Lake in Kenosha County and Lake Beulah in Walworth County," says Beyler.

Fewer brown trout resulted in no trout being stocked in Meyer Pond in Sheboygan County, she says.

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