Thursday, 25 April 2019 12:07

It's O-Fish-ial, Spring is Here

Photos by SuperSource Media, LLC. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Once a year children and their parents gather with empty buckets around trucks filled with hundreds of Brown Trout to stock Geyser Creek at Saratoga Spa State Park. The trout were transported all the way from Van Hornesville Fish Hatchery, roughly 60 miles west of Saratoga Springs.

According to Alli Schweizer, environmental educator at the park, fish stocking helps keep a healthy fish population in the creek. Fish stocking is the act of releasing fish into a river, lake or ocean, to supplement or create a population where they do not exist. Typically the method of fish stocking includes a hose-like mechanism to release the fish into the body of water.

“These guys actually are the trout that fisherman want to fish for,” says Schweizer. She says the brown trout are macroinvertebrates, which means they eat small insects.

“We really like to involve the public, getting children involved in anything outdoors is crucial to ensure environmental endeavors, keeping our parks for the people,” added Schweizer.

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