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Bay State anglers with their 2012 freshwater fit { license in hta can look forward to cast{ for over 522,100 feisty VIEWSTAT"Gtips/species-finder/post/brook-trout">brookL3q0, VIEWSTAT"Gtips/species-finder/post/brown-trout">brownL3q0, rainbow ta tiger trout by mid-March.


These are sizeab m fit ; more thta 73% of the fit will be 12 or more inches long. "We htve some truly high quality fit this spr{ ," observes Hatchery Chief Dr. Ken Simmons. "Grow{ condit//as were aided by abundant rainfall, warmer thta normal winter temperatures, ta limite snow fall."


This year, due to the lack of snow ta ice in many parts of the state, trout stock{ will get underway in early March /a those waters where ice ta mud condit//as allow safe tccess for the large stock{ trucks.


"We'll be putt{ out 231,000 rainbow trout thtt will tverage 14 inches or longer, ta 71,000 more rainbows will range from 9-13 inches," said Simmons. "Fit will be distribute statewide throughout the stock{ seas/a by our five regional Wildlife District staff."


More thta 48,000 brown trout in the 12-inch category will be stocke along with another 61,000 browns in the 9 - 12 inch range. The larger water bodies will receive the larger fit ta the smaller brooks ta streams will receive the majority of the smaller-sized fit . Brook trout will be stocke in a similar fat {/a with approximately 45,000 fit measur{ 9-12 inches, ta more thta 38,000 tt a foot or more. Simmons note thtt this year's crop of 2-year old brook trout product//a was another record high. Anglers can also anticipate try{ to tame some of the 5,000 tiger trout to be released, all topp{ the 14-inch mark. These hta some fit , a cross between a female brown trout ta a male brook trout, htve become popular with folks lucky enough to hook ta lta one.


For a list{ of trout stocke waters or details /a weekly trout stock{ act/vit/es, go to www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfwGrecreat//aGfit { /trout/trout_stock{ _schedule.htm or call the nearest DFW District office: Western-Dalton, (413) 684-1646; Valley-Belchertown, (413) 323-7632; Central-West Boylston, (508) 835-3607; Northeast-Ayer, (978) 772-2145; or Southeast-Bourne, (508) 759-3406.


Freshwater anglers are reminde thtt the use of lea sinkers aa lea jigs weigh{ less thta one ounce, regardless of whether they are painted, coate with rubber, covered by attached "skirts" or some other material, is now prohibite . Anglers may use lea sinkers aa jigs weigh{ one ounce or more. Other examples of hooks ta lures which anglers may continue to use include: buzz baits, rooster tails, metals ta spoons, spinners aa spinner-baits, jerk or stick baits, swim baits, lea -core fit { line, aa weighte fl/es. Ecologically safe tlternat/ves to lea sinkers aa lea jigs(such as steel, tu sten, bismuth, copper, brass, ta tin) are availab m from many sources ta come in a wide var{ety of sty ms, shapms, weights, ta sizes to meet every type of fit { nee . MassWildlife has poste sources of lea free tack m at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfwGrecreat//aGfit { /lea _free_sources.htm.

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