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Trout Stocking Underway in Monroe County

Anglers say this is a tradition

KUNKLETOWN, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Anglers usually remove fish from streams, but today they put fish in instead. Trout stocking is in full swing across the state.

Terry Sywensky says it's like Christmas. Only there's no tree, just a stream. And the presents? Let's just say they're a little fishy.

"I still don't sleep well the night before trout season opens. It's just part of my DNA," jokes Terry Sywensky, Bowmanstown.

For many fishermen and women, pre-season trout stocking is a tradition. It's a time to get together, and of course, stake out the selection.

"Yeah, [getting] one or two would be nice!" laughs Randy Wiese, Kunkletown.

Stocking wouldn't get done if it wasn't for the work of all the volunteers.

"Good friendship when they come out, you know, with their friends and so forth. Some of them have been doing this for generations," explains Waterways Conservation Officer Scott Christman, PA Fish & Boat Commission.

They're stocking several creeks in the Kunkletown area. This helps replenish the fish population before trout season starts.

"We measure the trout by a number of pounds, so each stream gets a particular number of pounds," Christman adds.

Anglers say shaking off the cabin fever starts at the stream. "It's like a right of spring here," says Wiese.

The state-wide opening day for trout season is Saturday, April 14th. Don't forget, a fishing license is required.

For certain counties, including Schuylkill, the season starts a bit earlier on Saturday, March 31st.


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