NYLON – The water in Naples Creek was clear and fast running Thursday morning. Many arrived early to get the best spots to view the shocking of the trout. Standing on the bridge or nearby for 30 to 45 minutes was cold; feet and hands were especially well chilled. The crowd was 200 to 300 individuals, including many school age children brought by bus.
At 9 a.m., DEC technicians waded into the creek about 300 to 400 yards downstream from the Rte. 245 bridge. The DEC worked its way upstream using the shocker to give the trout a quick jolt which knocked them out briefly. As the stunned trout floated downstream, three men with long handled nets would scoop them up. If the first net missed then the second tried, if the second net missed then the last attempt was made by the third net.
The captured trout were then moved to a large net basket where the they were kept in the creek until measurements could be taken.
Each was measured for length, it was weighed, sexed, a single scale sample was taken to determine its age, and spawning condition was evaluated. Once evaluation was completed they were released back into the creek.
Trout season begins April 1.
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