2009-06-25 / Local & State

Fingerling Trout Delivered To Sportsmen

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Pictured above are Zack and Kinser Peck pouring a bucket of little rainbow trout into the raceway. Pictured above are Zack and Kinser Peck pouring a bucket of little rainbow trout into the raceway. On June 15 the Fulton County Sportmen's League (FCSL) received its annual supply of fingerling trout from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PA F&BC). Club volunteers Dave Lippert, Mona Lippert, Dickey Peck, Zack Peck, Kinser Peck, Daniel Acres and Troy Crouse were on hand to help distribute the trout. Each year the PA F&BC delivers the 3- to-5-inch trout to the FCSL Cooperative Nursery for rearing and eventual stocking. Nearly 14,250 trout were delivered and placed in the nursery raceways and will be fed and raised to catchable size and stocked in Fulton County streams beginning in April 2010.

The FCSL has been serving as a PA Cooperative Trout Nursery for nearly 40 years. If it were not for the efforts of past and present volunteers building the raceways, taking care of the fish and stocking them, trout fishing in the county would not be nearly as productive as it is now. In addition to stocking Fulton County waters, volunteers stock the children's section of Esther Run frequently in the spring and also hold a children's trout rodeo in May. Proceeds from the spring and fall raffles are used for support of the rodeo, to buy fish food, pay for regularly scheduled feeding, mowing and maintanance of the nursery grounds. Monthly meetings for the FCSL are held the third Friday evening of each month at 7:30 p.m., at the Stone House located at the trout nursery grounds on Corner Road, off Route 928, in Big Cove Tannery. Visitors are welcome to come to the nursery to observe and feed the fish. Also, if you are interested in becoming a member of the Sportsmen's League, attend one of the meetings to get acquainted and make membership application. Initial membership is $15 and $10 annually thereafter.

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