The ponds are stocked and the fisherman are ecstatic. Power bait is the most common thing used to catch trout, although color does not seem to matter. Eggs are preferred but the dough has been working as well. People are also taking trout on small flies such as copper johns and small Wooly buggers. Casting or trolling spoons can lead to some large fish. Hot spots this week include Peter's Pond, Mary's Pond and Long Pond in Plymouth.
The weather is letting up and the ponds are heavily stocked. The estimated number of fish stocked in the spring of 2015 is over 500,000 fish. The state stocks 4 species of trout, including brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout. For more information about the state stocking program visit this MassWildlife site HERE. The page is filled with fun facts and a schedule of future stocking locations and dates. We also have sightings of herring in many of the runs including Middleboro and Wareham as well as some herring runs on cape. This is a great sign as we expected a delayed start.