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US Fish and Wildlife stocks trout for Hadley fishing derby

  • Deb Rocque, Deputy Regional Director of the Hadley Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, releases a pail of Trout into a pond outside of the headquarters, Thursday, in preparation for a fishing derby for kids.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Deb Rocque, Deputy Regional Director of the Hadley Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, releases a pail of Trout into a pond outside of the headquarters, Thursday, in preparation for a fishing derby for kids.

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  • A male Rainbow Trout is displayed Thursday after being released by the Berkshire Trout Hatchery into a pond at the Hadley Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in Hadley, in preparation for a fishing derby for kids.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    A male Rainbow Trout is displayed Thursday after being released by the Berkshire Trout Hatchery into a pond at the Hadley Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in Hadley, in preparation for a fishing derby for kids.

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  • Deb Rocque, Deputy Regional Director of the Hadley Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, releases a pail of Trout into a pond outside of the headquarters, Thursday, in preparation for a fishing derby for kids.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Deb Rocque, Deputy Regional Director of the Hadley Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, releases a pail of Trout into a pond outside of the headquarters, Thursday, in preparation for a fishing derby for kids.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Deb Rocque, Deputy Regional Director of the Hadley Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, releases a pail of Trout into a pond outside of the headquarters, Thursday, in preparation for a fishing derby for kids.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • A male Rainbow Trout is displayed Thursday after being released by the Berkshire Trout Hatchery into a pond at the Hadley Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in Hadley, in preparation for a fishing derby for kids.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
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  • Deb Rocque, Deputy Regional Director of the Hadley Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, releases a pail of Trout into a pond outside of the headquarters, Thursday, in preparation for a fishing derby for kids.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

— Dressed in bulky waterproof boots that extend up to the chest, Deborah Rocque and Kathy King of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service waded into the pond in front of the state office’s headquarters in Hadley on Thursday, carrying buckets of brook and rainbow trout to be tossed in.

On Saturday, the trout that Rocque, the deputy regional director, and King, the secretary to the regional director, helped add to the pond will be fished out at the free Youth Fishing Derby for children 14 and under.

The event will take place at the pond outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service building 300 Westgate Center Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Lapis said the event is an opportunity to encourage children to stay connected to the natural world.

“Fishing is something that supports our mission, and can bring families together without electronics,” said Lapis, who has coordinated the event in past years. “Parents and children can share the experience together, and hopefully learn a little bit about conservation.”

For children who are new to fishing, Fish and Wildlife employees will be available to help. Fishing rods will also be available for use free of charge.

The Berkshire National Fish Hatchery and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries brought around 220 trout to the pond on Thursday. 120 of them are rainbow trout, and 100 are brook trout. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups for the longest fish caught.

The brook trout are around 14 inches long, and the rainbow trout are around 10 inches, said Jeff Mosher, biological science technician for the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery.

The event, in its 10th year, will take place rain or shine.

“We’ve had lots of weather over the years, but people fish no matter what,” said Fish and Wildlife employee Greg Thompson, who came outside to see the pond being stocked. “The fish don’t mind either,” he added.

Other activities at the event include face painting and arts and crafts, and refreshments will be available for purchase. An art gallery inside the building will also be open for the event.

The same day, Fish and Wildlife will sponsor two live owl demonstrations at the same location by Eyes on Owls, a Dunstable husband and wife team who provide educational programs.

The demonstrations will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., lasting about an hour each.

Want to come fish tomorrow? Note there are owl demonstrations at 11:30 and 1:30 too...

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