Vermont dam repair prompts change to trout stocking plan


Chittenden, Vermont (AP)-- Repairs to a dam in the mountains of Vermont have prompted the Department of Fish and Wildlife to change its trout stocking plan for this spring, officials said.

The reservoir was slated to be stocked this month with 1,350 yearling brook trout averaging nine inches and 450 two-year-old “Trophy Brook Trout” averaging 13-inches in length.

Instead, the trout will be stocked in Lefferts Pond in Chittenden, Smith Pound in Pittsford, Silver Lake in Leicester, and Prentiss Pond in Dorest.

During the repairs to the Goshen Dam, the water level in the reservoir is being lowered to a maximum depth of about 1 foot with a surface area of approximately 1.5 acres.

“Obviously, this is important work to enhance safety, and it will make it impossible for normal trout stocking there and will also eliminate fishing opportunities at the worksite,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist Shawn Food. “In the meantime, trout normally destined for Goshen Dam will provide anglers with increased opportunities at other area waterways.”

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