Trout trucks heralds the arrival of spring


The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) will deliver tangible proof of spring’s arrival on Martha’s Vineyard next Thursday. A trout tanker truck is scheduled to arrive with approximately 800 trout fresh from the Sandwich hatchery about noon on March 24, in the first of three stockings this spring.

The load will be a mix of rainbow trout, brook trout, and tiger trout, Steve Hurley, DFW Southeast District Fisheries Manager, said.

The trout truck route will include Duarte’s, Uncle Seth’s, and Old Mill ponds in West Tisbury, and Upper Lagoon Pond at the head of Lagoon Pond in Oak Bluffs. Fishermen are allowed a limit of three trout per day from ponds. Fishermen 15 years of age and older must have a Massachusetts freshwater fishing license. Licenses are available from town clerks and online. The sale of licenses helps to fund the stocking program.