Trophy trout stocked as Delaware NREC Division of Fish and Wildlife celebrates 100th anniversary

DOVER, DE (April 12, 2011) – Trout anglers in Delaware’s
designated trout streams have been enjoying some great fishing this
spring, and with some extra trophy-sized fish slated to be stocked
at the end of the month, it’s going to get even better, the
Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

In the past, most of the stocked fish were 11-inch rainbows and
browns that averaged two fish per pound. This year, however, the
Division contracted for a larger average size, with most weighing ¾
to a pound each. A number of “trophy trout” were also stocked just
before the season opened on April 2 with some real whoppers to
catch the eye of lucky anglers. The Division has continued its
weekly stocking program since late March, with the last scheduled
stocking to occur on April 28 to ensure plenty of fish and plenty
of opportunities to catch fish throughout the remainder of the
spring and into the summer months.

“We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback this year, mostly
due to the size of the fish,” said Fisheries Administrator Craig
Shirey.

Today, Shirey announced that anglers will be receiving an added
bonus. Since the Division is celebrating its 100-year anniversary
during 2011, an extra 100 trophy-sized trout will be spread over
the six upstate stream stocking locations late this month. The
trout farm will be supplying a mix of rainbow, brook, brown, tiger
and golden trout, all in excess of 2 pounds, with some fish in the
3- to 6-pound range.

“The 100th anniversary is a big deal for us,” said Shirey, “and we
want to do something special for the fishermen. This is a great
chance for our anglers to take advantage of this special
opportunity to catch some truly outstanding fish. Some of these
will be in the 20- to 24-inch range or larger, and you just don’t
see that size fish. That’s a fish of a lifetime!”

These six streams in northern New Castle County are stocked with
trout: White Clay Creek, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Beaver Run,
Wilson Run and Mill Creek. For more information about Delaware’s
trout season or to purchase a fishing license or trout stamps,
visit www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries, or call the Fisheries section
at 302-739-9914.

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