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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-27-2015, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking frozen streams?

Will they reschedule the stocking til their is some open water, or do they cut holes to dump them in? I've never been able to help out for some of the early stockings that are scheduled for next week. I didn't know if they'd update the schedules online.
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Re: Stocking frozen streams?

In the frozen lakes they cut large square holes and dump the trout in. Then they cone off the hole for safety. As for the creek, they dump them right in.

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Re: Stocking frozen streams?

Some creeks they will stock depending if there is an open spit to dump the fish. up here in northern potter I'm sure we will be delayed because there is virtually no open water.

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Re: Stocking frozen streams?

If they can get the trucks to the water, last year on white deer creek they couldn't stock the headwaters down stream for quite a stretch due to bad roads yet from winter. The guys fishing along the accessible part where they stocked the whole truck had quite some action!

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Re: Stocking frozen streams?

It will depend on the road access for the trucks.

I can't even begin to tell you how many times we stocked streams that were entirely frozen over. We take an ice chipper and punch holes and then dump them in. Tough to get the fish spread out that way, but you have to get the streams stocked. Last year we had streams so frozen that you were able to drive ATV's on them but we still stocked. It will depend o the roads, not the streams.
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Re: Stocking frozen streams?

Thanks guys, I just wasn't sure if they'd take the time to chop holes in the ice or wait til there is some open water. Didn't wanna be sitting in the parking lot waiting by myself, because I didn't get the memo.
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Re: Stocking frozen streams?

Check the website up until the last minute. They do get postponed.
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Re: Stocking frozen streams?

As others said, they will postpone depending on the road conditions. Your easy access streams that are close to roads will get stocked even if they are covered in ice. They will dump them in faster moving sections of water where it's open or ice is thin.

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Re: Stocking frozen streams?

My cousin helped stock earlier this week on the Elk in southern Chester/Lancaster County. They used an ice auger to drill holes. He said the ice was still 10" thick.
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Re: Stocking frozen streams?

The stockings I was going to participate in were all pushed back about 2 weeks, hope it thaws out some by then.
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