Conowingo, Md. (March 19, 2009) - Anglers flock to the lower Susquehanna River each year to catch rockfish and catch and release shad. But this season they'll have the chance to cast for a newcomer to the waters- rainbow trout. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today released 400 rainbow trout into the Octoraro Creek in Cecil County.
Rick Schaefer, Eastern Regional Manager Natural Resources Fisheries Services says the new Exelon Trail and parking area at the Octoraro Creek provide safe parking and access to the creek for anglers giving DNR the opportunity to stock the creek with the trout.
"Old-timers say we used to stock the Octoraro, but this is the first time in my memory we've set up a put-and-take program in this creek," says Schaefer. "We'll be collecting feedback and talking to fisherman and if this season is a success, we'll plan on adding the Octoraro to our annual put-and take program".
Exelon Power Regulatory Manager Colleen Hicks says the decision by DNR to stock fish in the Octoraro enhances recreation opportunities.
"Since we opened the Exelon Trail last summer it's been a popular place for hikers and anglers. With the addition of 400 rainbow trout this week I expect the trail's popularity to grow," Hicks says.
Since this is a first-time put-and-take program (DNR puts the fish into the creek, anglers take them out and take them home), anglers don't have to wait to cast their lines. They may begin fishing immediately.
"These fish come from our hatchery in Western Maryland and the point of this program is to provide fishing opportunities," says Schaefer. "We want families to grab a fishing pole and enjoy the environment."