KS_fishingKeystone Job Corps Center students continued the tradition of assisting the PA Fish and Board Commission with stocking trout in Lake Francis and Nescopeck Creek.

Students helped stock brook and brown trout, many of which were classified as trophy size, in preparation for opening day on April 13. Many times students had to walk far distance carrying buckets of fish through thick woods and brush. They also learned about trout and fishing during their discussions with the fishers who were very happy for their assistance.

Student Mercedes Schittler said she never stocked before but when the opportunity presented itself she stepped right up. “I really enjoy nature and this area is truly beautiful. It is just like a post card.” She added, “Helping get these fish stocked is more rewarding than I thought. The thanks that we have received from those here today is amazing. Many are senior citizens and live for the Opening Day. I am just happy we helped get it done.”

Students that attended include Deandre Chase, Isidro Amparo, Josh Cruz, Lacy Fisher and Mercedes Schittler.

PA Waterways Conservation Officer Aaron Lupacchini coordinated the involvement of Keystone in the stocking program and was pleased with results. He began with an orientation sessions for the students and then explained how to get the trout from the stocking struck and properly introduce them to the water.

“Last year we did this and we were anxious again to have them work with us. They grasp the process and work hard, really hard. Everyone is pleased with their assistance,” Lupacchini said.