Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Trout Drought Strikes Virginia

My recent business trip to Virginia indicated that the Commonwealth is just as parched as our home state. Bill Cochran's latest article in the Roanoke Times tells us that the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is limiting the trout stocking until the rains come.

Over 90 percent of the trout streams we have would be unstockable,” said Gary Martel, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries fish chief.
Many trout that should have been stocked this month remain in hatcheries, and that creates a double whammy. When streams are low, hatcheries water sources also are in short supply, Martel said. The result is a need to move trout out of hatcheries with few places available to accommodate them.

North Carolina has also taken similar steps.

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