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Pike Stocking In Quaboag

MBullism

Well-known member
10-17-03

Telegram and Gazette
Joe Michniewicz

Stocking in Quaboag
A batch of northern pike, paid for by the Spencer Rod and Gun Club and others, will be stocked in Quaboag Pond in East Brookfield during the first week of November. Terry Hansen, a hardworking member of the Brookfield Club, was able to raise $3,000 to pay for the fish.

The pike are great with many in the 12-18-inch range, which should translate into a good survival rate. MassWildlife, which gets free pike, except for transportation, from out of state hatcheries with a surplus, has stocked these fish from as little as 1 inch to 4-5 inches.

When hearing about the impending stocking, many sportsmen thought the pike would get into South Pond in Brookfield, which is connected to Quaboag, and wreak havoc with the trophy brown trout fishery there. Pike have been stocked in Quaboag before.

MassWildlife biologists note there will always be an interaction between two species, and an angler may take a pike with a trout in its gut, but their studies indicate that there has never been a serious interaction or population level effect in the history of this system.
 


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