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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.

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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."

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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.

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"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."

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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.

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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.

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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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