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					Trout Stocking in Delaware
                by
             Roy Miller
 Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
              9/28/02
     PA

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      Delaware trout streams – New Castle County
Delaware Trout Stamp Art
White Clay Creek fly fishing
Christina Creek
Upper Christina Creek
Mill Creek
Pike Creek
Beaver Run
Wilson Run
Private trout hauler at Delaware stocking site
Trophy trout stocking
Float box stocking
Thousands of trout   Delaware Trout Stocking Program

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                                                Year
                        Trout stamp revenue for Delaware
Thousands of dollars
                             trout stocking program

                       $50.00
                       $40.00
                       $30.00
                       $20.00
                       $10.00
                        $0.00
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                                          Year
        Stream Stocking Rates & Costs
   White Clay Creek in 2002
     4.03 miles of fishable water in designated trout
      stretch
     Avg. width 65 ft.
     31.75 acres
            Rate = 600 trout/acre, or 4,729/mile
     9,550 lbs 11” rainbow, $1.70/lb
     700 lbs trophy rainbow, $2.30/lb
     1,000 lbs 11” brown, $2.40/lb
     Total = $20, 245
           Pond Stocking Rates
   Kent County & Sussex Counties
     Stocked only in March
     2-2 acre ponds

     903 trout (includes 8 trophy size)/pond = 451/acre
Pond trout fishing
Opening day on White Clay Creek
Desired result of stocking
            Results of 1993 Creel Survey

                       Number      Effort   Percent
Stream        Miles    Stocked     (hrs)    Harvest
White
Clay           4.5     18,350      24,810      83

Christina      0.8      3,155        5802      61

Mill           0.9        310         853      72

Pike           0.8        510       1,387     120
Beaver
Run            0.4      1,215         990      29
Wilson
Run            0.7      3,360       3,730      48
Red Clay Creek
Holdover trout from Red Clay Creek
Handicapped youth fishing day

				
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