Portage Lake, ME, Brook Trout Stocking Proposal Draws Criticism

Bangor Daily News reports that a proposal by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife to stock brook trout in Portage Lake in northern Maine has drawn criticism from some of the department’s own biologists.

The proposal involves stocking up to 1,000 fall yearling brook trout in Portage Lake, the shallowest of the 8 major lakes of the Fish River Chain.

The proposal is being made after a request by the Portage Lake Association and the Town of Portage Select Board to stock Portage Lake with catchable trout. The town and the PLA want to provide better fishing to residents and increase recreational use of the lake.

 Opposition to the proposal comes in part from fisheries biologists who are concerned that the stocked trout will eventually make their way into neighboring waterbodies containing wild brook trout populations, and therefore dilute the gene pool of the wild fish.