POINT PLEASANT — It was literally like catching fish in a barrel on Tuesday after the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources stocked the lake at Krodel Park with trout.
The WVDNR stocks the lake in January and again in March. It also stocks Chief Cornstalk Lake in January and March as well, though DNR personnel, as of Tuesday, had not stocked that location in Southside and no date had been listed to do so yet. However, the WVDNR lists daily trout stockings on its website at www.wvdnr.gov.
The trout came from the Spring Run Trout Hatchery in Petersburg in Grant County. Sheldon Thompson and Jeremy Hedrick, of WVDNR, drove over five hours to bring 2,002 pounds of fish to Krodel.
“They have been catching them left and right,” Thompson said on Tuesday, surrounded by fisherman lining the banks of the lake. “We had 19 people waiting on us (when they arrived).”
Thompson estimated the 2,002 pounds of fish equated to around 2,300 fish stocked into the pond. The WVDNR stocked rainbow trout as well as golden trout, weighing at least one pound. In addition, around 29 four-pound brood trout were stocked.
Thompson said they were hoping to see one of the four-pound brood trout caught before they left, but no such luck. Of course, some lucky fisherman may’ve caught one before the sun went down. The odds, for once, were in the fisherman’s favor on Tuesday.
Jeff Hansbarger with the WVDNR, works in fish management for the McClintic Wildlife Management Area, and said people must have a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for the trout at Krodel — a conservation stamp comes with that purchase. Unless under the age of 15, people will need that fishing license, trout stamp and conservation stamp. There is a limit of six trout that can be caught per day at Krodel.
Hansbarger said the issuance of fishing licenses helps the agency keep track of the fish and the usage of the lakes, ponds and streams, which in turn helps with funding the stocking each year and the amount that is stocked.
In addition to Krodel, the following were also stocked with fish by the WVDNR on Tuesday: Anthony Creek, Elk River, Gandy Creek, Knapps Creek, Laurel Fork (Randolph), Lost River, New Creek, North Fork of Patterson Creek, Spruce Knob Lake, Trout Run and Waites Run.
Curtisville Lake, Huey Lake, James P. Bailey Lake, Larenim Park Lake, Shavers Fork (upper section), were stocked on Monday.
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