Outdoors Notebook: Trout stocking numbers to be kept under wraps

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Don't hold your breath waiting for a published list detailing how many trout are going into which Pennsylvania waters. Fish and Boat Commission spokesman Dan Tredinnick says they're no longer releasing that information.

"Some anglers would follow the stocking trucks or stake out a place at a pool where they put a lot of fish," he said. "I think unintentionally we encouraged that way of thinking by putting out the list."

Here's what the Fish Commission is willing to say: In 2006, they stocked 4 million trout weighing a total of 1.9 million pounds. This year, they're stocking the same poundage, but the trout will be fewer in number, 3.4 million. Some of the fish were raised in North Carolina. Each trout will be 30 percent heavier and several inches larger than those stocked last year.

Stocking schedules are listed by county, with interactive and printable maps including approved trout waters, boat access sites, etc., at www.fish.state.pa.us.

Bass workshop

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission will hold its seventh annual Pennsylvania Black Bass Workshop May 4 at Erie's Tom Ridge Environmental Center. The workshop will focus on bass and habitat management in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. For details contact Linda Worzincki at 814-833-7424, lwoznicki@state.pa.us and Bureau of State Parks, 301 Peninsula Dr., Suite 1, Erie, PA 16505.

Paw prints

Since last week's feature about possible Pennsylvania cougar sightings, people have been writing in saying they may have seen one, too. Sightings should be reported to the nearest regional office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Contact the Southwest Division office at 724-238-9523. For a directory of Game Commission contact numbers, go to www.pgc.state.pa.us.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is compiling data for a comprehensive study on the eastern cougar. It is gathering information at EasternCougar@fws.gov, or Eastern Cougar, Northeast Regional Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley, MA., 01035. The deadline is March 31. The Cougar Network, a science-based non-profit, shares and gathers similar information at www.cougarnet.org. Notebook


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