Newly-created Hatchery Creek open for anglers on April 29
A newly created, mile-long Hatchery Creek below Wolf Creek Dam will open for trout anglers following a dedicatory ceremony at the site at 2 p.m. (CDT) Friday, April 29.
Dignitaries from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will laud the mitigation project that creates a high quality aquatic habitat, enhances more than 5 acres of forest and wetland, as well as provides a unique fishing opportunity for anglers.
Following the ceremony, anglers may wet a line in the mountain like stream stocked with trout from the Wolf Creek Dam National Fish Hatchery, according to Moria Painter, environmental education specialist at the hatchery. The new stream has riffles, pools and a ladder effect that allows fish to enter and exit the creek to and from the Cumberland River.
A five-fish daily creel limit is enforced in the original 400-foot long part of the stream. However, it’s catch and release in the newly created stream, a policy of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources to see if trout will spawn.
“Nowhere in Kentucky do trout spawn,” said Painter. “Every trout caught in the state is produced at the national fish hatchery.”
On Saturday, April 30, a 5K Trout Trot will follow along part of the new mountain stream. Registration for the Trot is between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. (CDT). Pre-registration entry fee is $20 on or before April 21. Late registration after April 21 is $25.
By Bill Mardis