|As part of the Commission's trout stocking program, we try to match the species
with the habitat that is available for stocking or to the environment where a particular species would
be expected to
provide the best fishery. Therefore, brook trout are generally stocked in small to moderate size coldwater
streams and often in combination with brown trout. Due to the fact that brook trout are the most acid tolerant trout
species, we also utilize them for stocking in the more acid sensitive lakes and streams that are approved for stocking.
In addition, to maintain species integrity, we plant only brook trout in the stocked stream sections that support good
biomass Class B wild brook trout fisheries. Overall, brook trout compose approximately 22% of our total
catchable trout production.
Generally, we do not stock brook
trout in many of the larger waters or more marginal streams that have elevated seasonal water temperatures. This is
primarily due to the fact that brook trout are more sensitive to water temperature elevations in comparison to either
brown or rainbow trout. Aside from the waters where water chemistry or species integrity is an issue, we usually try
to provide multi-species management as part of the stocking program.
This strategy allows us to manage the trout fishery for some variety. Therefore, you will notice that many of the
waters are stocked with a combination of brook and brown trout, brown and rainbow trout or in some cases all three