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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
READERS: An angler who wishes to remain anonymous sent me an email complaining about Virginia's trout stocking program. Two basic complaints were voiced:
1.Hatchery workers are alerting their friends as to when and where trout are going to be stocked.
2.Stockers are dumping trout into places that are easy to reach with the hatchery truck and are neglecting large sections of water.
It isn't fair for some people to be told where the fish will be stocked while others are denied that information, our reader said.
As for stocking only the easy spots, our reader said, "We pay good money to trout fish and get shafted from lazy stockers. I have been an avid trout fisherman for 30 years, and they have been getting worse and worse every year."
I asked Ron Southwick to address these complaints. He is the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Region 3 assistant director of the Bureau of Wildlife Resources.
"Our hatchery staff tries to spread the fish out as best they can," he said. "Many times we can only send one person to do a stocking, so it is difficult for this person to leave the truck and walk along the stream bank to stock out fish. For the most part, they stock areas that the tucks have easy access to, such as roadside pull-offs and bridges.
"If we have additional help at some of the larger streams, we try and 'bucket' them along the stream to spread the fish," Southwick said.
"We get complaints either way. When we spread them out, anglers complain they have to walk too far to fish or that we don't stock enough in individual holes when we spread them out."
BILL: Good column on the two bucks taken on the Eastern Shore. A fine testimony on getting rid of the daily bag limit.
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