Fresh fish for area ponds

Collin Sullivan stocks rainbow trout at Burbine Forest Pond. (Photo submitted)

FULTONVILLE — The Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District is up to something fishy–literally.

The district has continued its annual fish-stocking work, this year targeting three ponds in the county this month.

It has supplied 100 of both 10-to12-inch rainbow trout and 8-to-10-inch small mouth bass at the Walts Road pond in Fort Plain, town of Minden; Old Sharon Road pond, town of Canajoharie; and the state-owned Burbine Forest pond on Corvin Hill Road, town of Esperance.

“Some of these ponds are fished out,” said district technician Scott Davies.

He said a combination of anglers, birds and sometimes natural death leaves ponds with few fish.

Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District technician Scott Davies, right, watches as Collin Sullivan, a NRCS intern and in the water, and Julicia Godbout, center, AED coordinator, stock the Burbine Forest pond. (Photo submitted)

The cost of the stocking–$1,500 to $2,000–comes from the district monies, and the fish were purchased from Hickling’s Fish Farm in Edmeston. The district workers entire days, eight to 10 hours, restocking.

Besides its own publicly funded restocking, the district stocks ponds for farmers and homeowners who pay the district for restocking on their own lands– between 15 and 20 such restocking each year.

The district has additional plans to rehabilitate the 50-acre Burbine Forest sometime in the summer or fall. Davies said the park’s trails have been overgrown. Sometimes trail markers and tree identifications are broken or missing. So much so, “we had trouble finding it,” he said.

“We’re going to be spending time and money to get people out there, get people out to nature,” Davies said, adding that the plaques will provide educational information.

As the district’s name indicates, it provides a range of information and assistance to farmers and other landowners to conserve soil and water, such as its annual April tree sale and guidance on crop rotation and drainage.


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