1,500 rainbow trout made their way into the wild at Cane Creek Park Wednesday, after a second stocking by TWRA on Wednesday.
Fishery Biologist Justin Spaulding said a total of 3,000 rainbow trout have been brought in from Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery. Spaulding said the nine to 10 inch trout come in a truck and are dumped right into the lake to stretch their fins.
“We’ve got blue ribbon fisheries all over the state, but a lot of them might take a couple hours for you to get to,” Spaulding said. “We’re just wanting to make it easier for folks to go fishing. That seems to be a barrier from a lot of the research out there about attracting new anglers, is kind of that opportunity.”
Spaulding said they also stocked Cane Creek Park with a small batch of two to four pound rainbow trout, as well as four albino trout. He said the other side of Putnam County will get stocked in March at Calf Killer River.
“We’ve got three or four spots along the river that get stocked,” Spaulding said. “A lot less fish and it’s a different style. You’re probably going to be wearing waders and fishing in an actual moving river.”
However, Spaulding said the Upper Cumberland stocking does not end there. He said in February there will be a second stocking in Crossville’s Cumberland Mountain State Park.
“For folks that are interested in those stocking dates or looking for other spots across the area, tn.gov/twra/fishing,” Spaulding said. “Trout stockings, just type that into your search engine. We’ve got maps on there that folks can click on and it shows you exactly where those fish are stocked.”
Spaulding said they are stock in Jackson and Overton County. Although, he said they will be trying something new by stocking the river below the dam instead of Standing Stone Lake.