Frankfort, KY. - Trout stockings are underway this week at many lakes around Kentucky.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources plans to stock more than 31,000 rainbow trout measuring at least 9 inches long at 26 lakes this week. The largest stocking will occur at Cedar Creek Lake in Lincoln County, where employees will divide 9,000 trout among stocking locations at each of the lake's three ramps.
Jacobson Park Lake in Fayette County also is scheduled to receive 4,000 trout this week. This lake recently joined Kentucky Fish and Wildlife's Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program and will receive special stockings of trout and catfish several times a year.
The FINs program, which includes 39 lakes around the state, is designed to provide better fishing opportunities to cities and population centers around the state. Most of these lakes receive their initial stockings of trout in February and catfish in March.
Eight FINs lakes in Jefferson County will receive trout this week. These areas include Fisherman's Park, William F. Miles Lakes, Tom Wallace Park, Waverly Park, Watterson Park and Cherokee Park.
Other areas receiving trout this week include lakes in Boyle, Franklin, Henderson, Hopkins Jessamine, Knox, Marion, Meade, Madison, Montgomery, Nelson, Scott and Union counties.
Anglers who are required to have a fishing license must have a trout permit to keep these fish. Kids under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license or a permit. Signs posted at each lake detail daily limits and size limits of fish.
Trout are readily caught on kernels of corn, redworms, wax worms or prepared baits fished on the bottom or suspended underneath a bobber. Small inline spinners are also an effective means to catch trout.
For more information about the FINs program and trout stocking dates, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at www.fw.ky.gov.