Fishing season got underway in Vermont earlier this month and the odds for anglers are about to get better. Over 350,000 trout are being let go in ponds and lakes across the state. They aren't expected to be there for very long.
Every year around this time, Vermont Fish and Wildlife workers are busy filling lakes and ponds around the state with thousands of fish.
Tuesday, Kent and Colten ponds in Killington were more active than usual for a cold spring day in April.
"This is the first time they have been liberated and stocked out into a natural water body," said Jeremy Whalen, fish culture specialist.
The fish are 1-year-old trout, each about 8-inches long. They were hatched just down the road at the federal fish hatchery.
"The fish that we are putting in, we are putting in there to increase angling opportunities, so we aren't looking for a long survival rate. We are actually looking for a fish that's easily catchable by fishermen," said Whalen.
"I got a couple of rainbows here," said Sam Young of Rutland Town.
Young is a lifelong fisherman.
"I just come up here to fish after work," said Young.
Reaping the benefits of stocking.
"They probably weigh about 2-and-a-half, possibly three but that's a stretch. Fishermen stretch anyways," said Young.
Like the two rainbows, the brook trout let go Tuesday aren't expected to be swimming in this pond for very long.
"We estimate that most of these fish will be caught out by July and that's what we're putting them here for," said Whalen.
"I'll take them home and freeze one and bake the other," said Young.
As for these fish, they have some exploring to do.
Stocking lakes and ponds is already underway, rivers and streams will be stocked in a couple of weeks.
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