Over 16 hundred trout have a new home in Aroostook County. Staff from the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Hatchery in Enfield stocked Madawaska Lake earlier today.
Ice fisherman on Madawaska Lake could hook onto some huge fish during the upcoming season. Workers from the Enfield Hatchery continued the fall stocking program by placing several trout that weigh up to three pounds into the lake Zachary Glidden a Fish Culturist at the Enfield Hatchery made the trip north with the fish.
” We just stocked 1500 fall yearling brook trout and 132 retired brood fish. The brood fish are averaging about 3 pounds and 18 inches and the fall yearling are about a pound apiece.
Fisheries Biologist place orders for the number of fish to be stocked by the hatchery
” This water is managed by the people in Ashland and they produce the numbers ahead of time of what we need three or four years out. They manage the water for the fishermen every winter.”
The eggs from many of the retired brood stock released today will help replenish fish stocks in the future.
” Currently at the hatcher we have about 2 million eggs that we took from these retired fish. Each fish has somewhere between 2500 and 4000 eggs and that provides us with fish for ourselves for other hatcheries around the state. There are private hatcheries in the State that buy our fish and we sell these eggs to other states as well because they provide a high quality of brook trout.”
The Department stocks fish in both the spring and in the fall. Madawaska Lake is one of the last bodies of water to be stocked in the county
“Madawaska is our last body of water up here. We try to move north to south if we can. We are working towards Jonesboro. Probably over half way done just finishing up with some brood fish right now. We will continue stocking as long as it takes. Ice no ice. No ice is preferable.”