Trout stocking 2022: Story, video offer glimpse of what to expect this season and a need to confront those who cross ethical boundaries
As each bulging, squirming netload of trout was transferred from a large stocking tanker truck to buckets for transportation to nearby Little Shamokin Creek, volunteers buzzed with pre-season excitement.
“There are some monster fish in these buckets,” said one.
“I sure hope some kid gets a hold of that orange one,” added another, pointing to a freshly stocked golden rainbow trout swimming cautiously upstream.
“Through an initiative a few years back that gathered angler feedback, people shared their interest in catching larger fish,” said Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officer Jacob Bennett just before a caravan of volunteers followed the agency's truck during the March 4 stocking. “We reallocated hatcheries to accommodate bigger fish. It is not uncommon to see those 12- to 16-inch fish anymore.”
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John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.