Portion of Hatchery below Dam to remain temporarily closed
The upper section of Hatchery Creek in Russell County will tentatively remain closed until Dec. 11 to allow contractors time to finish renovation work. Completion of this work is weather dependent.
This section of creek, which is located below Lake Cumberland’s Wolf Creek Dam, closed to fishing Nov. 1 while construction was underway.
“The contractors are making progress, but the recent rains slightly delayed the final construction,” said Mike Hardin, assistant director of the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The closure is to the upper public fishing access section, immediately downstream of the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.”
Anglers should call the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery to check on the status of construction before visiting Hatchery Creek to fish.
The upper section of the creek flows for several hundred feet before reaching a fish barrier to the lower section. This upper section, once reopened, will be regulated under Cumberland River trout regulations that allow anglers to keep a creel limit of fish.
The lower section includes a new creek channel. This area is designated by signs and will remain closed to all fishing until late April. The lower section will be a designated catch and release, artificial bait only trout stream.
Hatchery Creek is undergoing a complete redesign and renovation to emulate a natural trout stream with runs, pools, shoals and wetlands. It will provide about one mile of restored stream for trout fishing when the entire stream opens to public use in late April, 2016.