Hatchery Creek Located at Wolf Creek Dam, Jamestown, KY
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The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking a project to restore stream and wetland habitat in a stream known as “Hatchery Creek.”
The project will restore stream and wetland habitat for over one mile from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery down the valley to the Cumberland River. It was designed to maximize ecological benefits including water quality improvements, restoration of fish and wildlife habitat, and to create stream conditions favorable for trout and other wildlife….read more
NOTICE: Hatchery Creek is now divided into two sections that are delineated by signage: the Upper and Lower Sections. The Upper Section is located below the hatchery raceways’ outlet and runs downstream about 4oo feet to the barrier falls. The Lower Section includes all of the newly constructed Hatchery Creek which begins at the barrier falls and runs to the Cumberland River tailwater. Signs are currently present to ensure everyone is aware of the two sections’ boundaries.
The Upper Section of Hatchery Creek is currently open and has new harvest regulations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now allows anglers to harvest five trout daily (in aggregate) from the put-take area without restrictions to fish size. Regulations signs for the Upper Section have been posted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Lower Hatchery Creek Section will remain closed to all traffic until the opening ceremony has been completed on April 29, 2016. The ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. CST at the Upper Hatchery Creek Section. Although construction has been completed on the Lower Section, the final work of the Hatchery Creek Stream Restoration Project involves planting vegetation to ensure that future erosion is kept to a minimum. The newly planted vegetation will have late fall and spring as growing seasons to become established which should stabilize the new Creek’s shoreline. During the winter and spring, biologists will conduct surveys on trout movement and spawning activity, invertebrate presence, and use by other fish species. Once opened to traffic, the Lower Section of Hatchery Creek will be regulated as a catch and release fishery only; no harvest and only artificial lures and flies can be used for fishing.