Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources News Release
Trout Stockings Directly Below Rough River Dam Cancelled for 2007
March 5, 2007 Contact: Lee McClellan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1-800-852-0942, ext. 330
Frankfort, KY – Fisheries officials have cancelled trout stockings in the Rough River Lake tailwater because of ongoing repair work to the dam. The work blocks access to the tailwater for the trout truck and anglers alike. Trout stockings will continue at another site on Rough River.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stocked 1,000 trout in Rough River on February 28 at Hites Falls on KY 54 on the Grayson/Ohio County line. The department plans to stock additional trout sooner than usual at Hites Falls this spring because of anticipated problems with Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery due to the recent drawdown of Lake Cumberland.
This drawdown may result in water quality problems for trout this summer at the hatchery. The Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery produces all of the trout stocked in Kentucky.
“We are asking anglers to check the website at fw.ky.gov to see when trout will be stocked at the Highway 54 site on Rough River,” said Gerry Buynak, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “All of our trout stockings statewide are being moved up to reduce potential problems at the hatchery.”
The work on Rough River Lake Dam should be completed by January, 2008 and should not impact trout stockings in the tailwater in 2008.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. KDFWR, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, has an economic impact to the state of $4.8 billion annually. For more information on KDFWR, visit our web site at fw.ky.gov.