Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fresh fish (annual Punderson Lake trout stocking)

What would Thanksgiving Day be without fresh rainbow trout for dinner?

Anglers who annually look forward to the trout stocking of Punderson Lake in Geauga County's Newbury Township can again wet a line on Nov. 24.

This year the Ohio Division of Wildlife will stock about 500 surplus brood stock rainbow trout and golden-strain rainbow trout. Each fish will average between between 16 and 24 inches and weigh two to 10 pounds.

The stocking is set for around noon and will be done by the state park campground, says Phil Hillman, fish management supervisor for the Wildlife Division's Northeast Ohio office in Akron.

The reason for the stocking there and not by the boat launch area is due to frequent low oxygen and high algae problems associated with the marina's boat launch area.

Each year this stocking has proven more and more popular with anglers, some of whom arrive early to station themselves close to where the fish are stocked.

Shore anglers often use jigs tipped with maggots or Berkley PowerBait along with canned corn or else small spawn sacks. Boat anglers do the same but also cast in-line spinners and small spoons.

The stocking provides the lake with enough fish to last through the winter with ice fishing for the trout a popular activity.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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