Eastern Kentucky Lakes to be Stocked

Eastern Kentucky Lakes to be Stocked

Four Eastern Kentucky lakes will receive special stockings of fish in the coming months.

?Whenever our hatcheries produce extra fish, we select various lakes around the state for bonus stockings of fish,? said Ron Brooks, fisheries director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

?We?ve received requests for more fish in Eastern Kentucky, so this week we?re stocking 25,000 channel catfish among Dewey Lake, Carr Creek Lake and Yatesville Lake,? he added.?We think anglers are really going to enjoy this extra opportunity.?

The catfish average a quarter-pound apiece. They are being stocked at a rate of six catfish an acre.

In October, Paintsville Lake will receive more than 22,000 black-nosed crappie as a bonus stocking. Stocked fish will be three inches long. Also, as part of an ongoing study, researchers will stock more than 14,000 white crappie in Carr Creek Lake this fall.

Dewey, Carr Creek and Yatesville routinely receive stockings of fish that may vary among catfish, bass, crappie, walleye and sunfish. Tailwater areas of these lakes are stocked with rainbow trout as well.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife biologists are currently attempting to increase smallmouth bass populations in Paintsville Lake with fingerling fish hatched from broodfish taken out of Dale Hollow Lake.

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