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Vt. waters get stocked with trout

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BENNINGTON, Vt. -

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife stocking program is fully underway and fishing enthusiasts have rivers, lakes and ponds full of trout to look forward to catching.

Pete Alexander was working hard at this Rutland restaurant where he says he's eagerly awaiting his day off so he can go fishing.

"I just feel so much different when I'm out on water fishing. You get to see all the wildlife, catch a decent fish," said Alexander.

Alexander has a lot to look forward to. Vermont Fish and Wildlife were out stocking the Walloomsac River with 700 two-year-old trophy trout, some over 18 inches long.

"It's created a lot of excitement in the angling community lots of people use these stretches of river when they're first stocked," said Chet MacKenzie, biologist for Vt. Fish and Wildlife.

The stocking program includes eight river sections and 15 lakes and ponds. This section of the Walloomsac they were stocking Wednesday is a new addition to the program this year.

"We didn't have a body of water here in the Bennington area and looking at this lower Walloomsac, it fit the bill," said MacKenzie.

They look for areas that have good public access, where anglers can enjoy catch and release fishing or catch their two fish daily maximum of Rainbow or brown trout and bring home a nice dinner.

"It gives them a chance to go out and catch big trout. These big trout are available in our wild trout streams but they're much harder to catch," said MacKenzie.

Alexander says he can't wait!

"Yes. That's my all-time favorite fish to fish for is trout," said Alexander.

MacKenzie says the season, which started the second week of April is off to a strong start and they expect that to continue through the end of the season, October 31.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife says they will stock over 1,500 fish this year, but remember to take advantage of those freshly stocked areas; you must have a Vermont fishing license.

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