It’s the height of the trout stocking season in the Bay State! Truckloads of trout have been netted out of state hatcheries and transported to lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in all parts of the state. Whether you use a fly rod or spinning rod, this is a terrific time to cast a line for trout. Over 540,000 feisty brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout being stocked this spring for the benefit of recreational anglers. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will also stock 320,000 rainbow trout averaging 12 inches or longer. Nearly 78 percent of these rainbows will be 14 inches or larger. The division will also stock 47,000 brown trout averaging more then 12 inches along with another 115,000 browns in the 9 to 11 inch range. Brook trout will be stocked in a similar fashion with approximately 11,500 fish measuring a foot or better, and more than 66,000 in the 6 to 11 inch class. Anglers can also anticipate trying to tame some of the 6,000 tiger trout to be released, all topping the 14 inch mark. These handsome fish, a cross between a female brown trout and a male brook trout, have become popular with folks lucky enough to hook and land one. Each Friday, MassWildlife posts an update to the trout stocking schedule that shows what was stocked in the previous five days. Spring trout stocking activity will end just before Memorial Day weekend.
The photo, taken by MassWildlife photographer Bill Byrne, shows DFW biologist Bridgett McAlice and technician Mike Morrelly with a netful of fish from the truck to stock in the Quinapoxet River in West Boylston.
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.