Millers River Fishermans Association Kid Stocking 2014



If you know any kids that would like to help stock the Millers River please let them know.

At each one of our stockings we have free raffle for a fishing pole. The winning girl & boy will each receive a fishing pole for participating with the Millers River Trout Stocking, all the children enjoy this

April 27 Our apologies for any mix up with this stocking date, we did not have a permit to stock trout this date please refer to the dates below for actual permitted dates

May 3 Alan Rich Park Athol Ma. at 11 am

May 10 Orange Treatment Plant Rt 2A Orange Ma. at 11 am

Millers River Fisherman’s Association Fund Raising 120 Club Raffle

MRFA 120 Club Raffle


March 8, 2014

at the

Franco American Club, Athol Massachusetts

Braised Beef Dinner 6:00 pm

Raffles Start at 7:00 pm

Tickets $20.00 each

There Will Be

4 $25.00

2 $50.00

1 $ 100.00

1 $ 200.00

1 $ 500.00

120 tickets will be sold

Members can send a check to( MRFA 15 Stone Hill Road New Salem Ma. 01355)

Checks can be made out to the (MFRA)

You do not have to be there to win!!

Be sure to put your phone number so we can contact you if you win


call me at 978-544-7126 for more information

Stocking Eyed Eggs In Barbers Hollow Brook Massachusetts

Finally!! a different approach to put and take fish stocking in Massachusetts.

Mr. Krevosky we are all excited and share your vision, we need more of this to bring back wild trout.

We thank you for taking the first step to introducing new brook trout populations using eyed eggs, your not alone the Millers River Fisherman’s Association supports what your doing and are considering following your foot steps to also supplement the stocking of the Millers River tributaries to bring back wild trout populations.

We hope the state Division of Fisheries & Wildlife follows suit and has the vision to either do similar or allow independent contractors in bringing back wild trout in our Massachusetts streams and rivers using eyed eggs. If successful the cost and impact is a win – win situation for both our rivers and fisherman to catch wild trout in Massachusetts.

Here is a reprint of the article published in the Telegram and Gazzette

OXFORD — Glenn E. Krevosky reached down into the foot-deep, clear, 56-degree water and scooped aside a handful of pea-sized gravel, creating a nest.

Brook Trout Egg Nest

Brook Trout Egg Nest

For the next couple of months, this protected spot will be home for 400 fertile brook trout eggs, and the basis for Mr. Krevosky’s contention that Barbers Hollow Brook, a once favorable environment for trout and other cold-water fish species, can be re-established.

“One of my goals is to demonstrate to the state’s fisheries biologists that it is possible to re-establish a viable brook trout population in a stream where there was once a natural population,” he said.

“Time will tell whether we will be successful,” he added.

Mr. Krevosky said the last time trout were known to inhabit Barbers Hollow Brook was before the development of the Interstate 395 roadway.

The state Division of Fisheries & Wildlife granted Mr. Krevosky a permit to stock the trout eggs on 5.3 acres he owns off Prince Street.

Mr. Krevosky, his son Mark, and Donald Tremblay created the brook trout incubator, hauling in stone and gravel to create the gravel-bottomed channel that flows into the brook.

“Those trout that hatch and survive will eventually find their way into Barbers Hollow Brook,” Mr. Krevosky said as he placed the eggs in the gravel nest, observed by Phil Nadeau of the state Department of Environmental Protection and Mark Brideau and Peter Mirick of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Ken Simmons, chief fish culturist for the DFW, who issued the stocking permit, said he knows of no other instance in which trout eggs were stocked in a stream either by state fisheries biologists or independent contractors like Mr. Krevosky.

Eyed Brook Trout Eggs

Eyed Brook Trout Eggs

The permit was granted because the owner of EBT Environmental Consultants Inc. had demonstrated that improvements Mr. Krevosky and his team had made to the stream had lowered the stream temperature, improved stream clarity, and demonstrated the brook was capable of sustaining a brook trout population.

The other consideration was that no trout were found in late August when Mark Brideau and Richard Hartley, state fisheries biologists, surveyed Barbers Hollow Brook with fish stunners, finding a variety of species other than trout.

Mr. Krevosky said he chose the location for his trout incubator because of an upwelling of groundwater from the perimeter drain of a nearby home.

“There are plenty of other locations along Barbers Hollow Brook where trout could spawn in spring-fed gravel. I chose this for smolt development because it was on my property, and I had flow of 22 gallons per minute,” he said.

Mr. Krevosky said Barbers Hollow Brook water quality — specifically for cold-water fish species — had been compromised by beaver dams, other instances where the stream channel had been blocked, and an overgrowth of a variety of invasive plant species.

In August, Mr. Krevosky said his 12-year experience in rehabilitating Wellington Brook to the trout fishery he knew and enjoyed as a youngster served as a model for restoring Barbers Hollow Brook.

He said beaver may not have as much impact in hilly and mountainous terrain, but their impact on streams with minimal flow and minimal change in grade is considerable.

Mr. Krevosky said a brook like Barber’s Hollow should have an upper temperature of 62 degrees during the summer months. Any temperature higher than 70 degrees is lethal to brook trout, he explained.

At the time, Todd A. Richards, state fisheries biologist, said beaver impoundments had an impact on cold-water fish resources across the state, but were only one part of an equation.

He said the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife would follow Mr. Krevosky’s efforts at restoring brook trout to Barbers Hollow Brook, but added it would not necessarily be a template to follow with other brooks and streams.

“If we can restore all of Barbers Hollow Brook to its historic channel, then it should flush itself and become a self-sustaining cold-water fish resource,” he said.

Providing a timeline, Mr. Krevosky said the eggs should hatch in mid-January and grow throughout the spring and summer, based on the available food supply.

“Hopefully by this time next fall we’ll have evidence that 40, 60, 80, who knows, maybe even more, have survived and made their way downstream,” he said.

“If we have brookies from this hatch to spawn in the fall of 2015, then we know we’ve been successful,” he added.

Alex Hackman, restoration specialist with the state Division of Ecological Restoration, said that agency works closely with the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in removing manmade dams no longer serving a useful purpose.

He cited a project in progress in Pepperell where the removal of a dam on the Nissitissit River will provide upstream fish passage to approximately 20 miles of high-quality cold-water habitat.

Like Mr. Richards, Mr. Hackman distinguished between beaver dams which are temporary and part of the ecosystem, and permanent structures that prohibit fish passage and significantly change downstream ecology.

By Bradford L. Miner, CORRESPONDENT

Reprinted from the Telegram & Gazzette


Millers River Fisherman’s Association Updates

Looking back at last year’s posts we had lack of rain, this year it is 180 degree in weather!

What a rainy summer it has been.  I don’t know about you but I still haven’t been out on the river fishing this year to fish at night.

I know it has been a while since I have added any new material to the blog.

I wanted to show that some lucky people have been out fishing and doing great. Here is an email that was sent to us by someone who has benefited from our stockings.

Hello Peter,
I am very pleased to have discovered the finest fishing spot I have ever been to in my life.  My son (11) and I decided to hike Bears Den with our fishing poles to fish some remote parts of the Millers.  It turned out to be one of the most exciting days of fishing we have ever had.  My son caught the biggest rainbow trout he had ever seen (17″ about 1.5 lbs.  tagged A-71).  I was so happy to see the thrill on his face!  I then caught the most beautiful rainbow of my life at about (21″ about 2+ lbs.  tagged A-200).  From the information on the tags I was able to find your organization’s web site.  I have immediately donated $20 through paypal and would like to become a member to support your worthy cause.


Thank you for your work,


Now if anyone else has had some great days, please let us know we would love to publish your success


Tight Lines 🙂

Millers River Stocking Report

It has been a banner year for the Millers River Fishermans Association stocking of the Millers River.

Lots of fun having the kids stock the river.

In addition the MRFA has stocked some real large fish in the Millers River. The secret locations of the mammoth trout are only known by the members. If you want to know where the big boys are stocked you will have to become a member of the MRFA.

donated donaldson rainbowHere is an example of a 10 pound plus Donaldson Rainbow Trout stocked in one of our secret locations.

MRFA 038Another one that did not fit in the net.

Buddy 092Another large fish held by Jim Foley. This year all the very large fish were stocked in secret locations.

Buddy 116We have a bonus this year, the MRFA released some Tiger Trout (fertilized brown trout eggs with brook trout milt  and heat shocking the eggs to produce a Tiger Trout)

Buddy 123

One of the smaller large trout released in secret locations this year.

If you want to know where these big boys are become a member of the MRFA. Just go to our membership page and just sign up or renew your membership.

See you on the water.

Millers River Kids Stocking for 2013

Its time again to stock the Millers River

A great event to get your kids involved with helping the Millers River

Please view the stocking dates and times

“Kid’s Stocking

“April 28 @ Alan Rich Park in Athol at 11 am.

May 4 @ The Orange Teatment Plant on Rt.2A in Orange at 11 am.

May 11 in South Royalston at the Birch Hill Dam Parking Lot at 11 am.

May 4 Magee’s Garden, “THE BIG GUYS”

MRFA 038

May 5 The Bears Den, May 6 South Royalston below the first bridge,

May 7 Erving Wildlife Management Area in Erving.

Some of the Rainbows are 8 lb. you can come and see them before we put them in the Millers.

Buddy 092

call me at 978-544-7126

My cell 978-569-0163 Pete

2013 – 120 Club Banquet & Raffle WINNERS!

2013 – 120 Club Banquet & Raffle – WINNERS!
The winners are:
Mark Litchfield $25
Jim Miano $25
Scott MacDonald  $25
John Ciesliuk  $25
Kevin Chaisson $50
Kevin Dodge $50
Randal Gray $100
Leo Duguay $200
Betty Johnson $500
Lobster – Emilie Clifford
Thomas & Thomas Fly Rod  –  Dennis Thompson
Special thanks to : Mark Kovalsick, Gail & Bob Posk, Ross Allen, Eddie McNeil,  Gina O’Lari & Jason, Lori Jillson, Jim Foley & Claire, Tom Henry, Ken St.Hilaire, and Jim Jackson

Without your support we woudn’t have had such a successful evening
Thanks to all
Pete Mallett President MRFA
Gail Mallett, Secretary – Treasurer MRFA.
See You On The River !