Just a thought, and probably my ignorance is showing. But shouldn’t lakes and ponds which are not even fished get some stocking? I’m thinking that more than people are fishing in our bodies of water and as a sportsman one would hope to see healthy vibrant bird and other animal species communities. I would think key incubator areas are already known and some effort should be taken to ensure an abundant supply of fish for them as well.
I had a question about access. The studmill road is gated for usually about the first month of the open water season. There are many waters in that area that are stocked by the state. Yet there are many key holders to the gates that go in and fish while the rest are not allowed to fish these waters. I have asked legislators if this was right or fair not having equal access. Here is a reply that I received from the secretary of state. It was an insult.
I live on Highland Lake in Windham. Our lake was hit with this policy, and our stocking canceled a few years ago, due to “Non-equitable” boat launch issues. We have been stocked for years, and we have a carry in boat launch. IFW owns this boat launch, but it happens to be in Falmouth, and the people that live on that side of lake do not want to expand this launch. Francis has explained to me that the state could, but doesn’t want, to make this a trailer able launch. They don’t want to be seen as “Big Brother”.