CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resources says it will stock streams and ponds with golden rainbow trout next spring after a similar stocking last spring proved popular.
Jim Hedrick is the division’s supervisor of hatcheries. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Hedrick said the idea is to give young people and their families an incentive to get out and fish.
DNR officials tried to time last spring’s event for spring break week, but the teachers’ strike and bad weather prevented many youngsters from participating. Still, Hedrick said many park managers saw more families fishing than ever before.
The state’s seven trout hatcheries are sharing the task of growing 40,000 golden rainbows. The fish have are segregated from other trout and fed a special diet to enhance their bright-yellow color.