by Lisa Tome
Buddy Perkins knows the law.
He's allowed to fish with three poles simultaneously in Elkton's Howards Pond and that's exactly how many he had perched up on sticks last week.
"I've got three (fish) in the bucket. That's about one an hour. I like to fish. I was fishing when I was 10 years old. If you can't walk a long distance this is a good place to fish," said Perkins.
He was fishing for and had caught three trout. He was planning to cook and eat them. "Flour, bread crumbs, and Old Bay. It's good eating," he said.
"It costs and arm and a leg for Power Bait and they used to stock bigger trout in this pond. They get littler every year," laughed Perkins.
Jimmy Clark watched the pond get stocked this year. He was fishing with two poles and had caught four fish in three hours.
"They put golden trout in this year," said Clark.
"I'm a lifelong fishermen and this is a good place to fish. There's bass, crappie, and blue gill. This is a good place for kids," said Clark.
He said he planned to share what he caught last week. His neighbor also likes trout.
Perkins, Clark, and other area fishermen may have noticed there were a few more biting this year.
According to officials from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Rising Sun Pond had a broken pipe and didn't fill before the scheduled stocking.
Fish, which had been allocated through the stocking program to that pond, were rerouted to other ponds in Cecil County.
Local fish stockings which took place or are scheduled include 2900 to Big Elk Creek between March 5-25, 2400 more are coming in early April and 1500 April 30. Howards Pond got 1100 with 300 additional coming. Octoraro Creek got 300 in pre season. Principio Creek received 1000 in March with 500 more coming in April.