TWRA Trout Truck heading to Marshall and Franklin County waters for first time
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will send a hatchery truck to two bodies of water in southern Middle Tennessee never stocked before with winter trout.
According to TWRA Fish Biologist Jim Pipas, the first truck from Flintville Hatchery will deliver 350 rainbow trout to Big Rock Creek in Marshall County on Tuesday January, 22 at approximately 9 a.m.
Stocked Trout Water Designations
Trout Stream or Lake
TWRA stocks rainbow trout into streams and small lakes starting in the spring of each year. Although fishing may be allowed year-round on these waters, the best fishing is from the first stocking until midsummer when water temperatures exceed 70° F.
The stocking schedule for these locations is listed in the fishing guide.
Some large reservoirs have enough cold, oxygenated water to support trout. TWRA stocks all these reservoirs with rainbow trout, and some are also stocked with lake or brown trout.
These fish commonly grow to reach several pounds and relatively few anglers take advantage of these fisheries. Each summer starting in June, reservoirs thermally stratify. At this time, trout are restricted to cold water at depths of 35-40 feet and below. Summer trout fishing should be concentrated to deep water by trolling or vertical jigging.
A tailwater is a reach of river that is located immediately below a dam.
Coldwater trout habitat is provided by flood control and hydropower projects, which are managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The TWRA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service routinely stock adult and fingerling, rainbow and brown trout from spring through fall with most stocking scheduled to meet peak fishing demand in midsummer.
Although the TWRA does not commonly stock tailwaters during the winter, fishing is productive year-round in most tailwaters. Always check the generation schedule
(1-800-238-2264 or http://www.lakeinfo.tva.gov/) before fishing tailwaters, and beware of unexpected rising water.
Winter Trout Stream or Lake
December through March, TWRA stocks rainbow trout into ponds and streams where the public has easy access to the water. The scheduled stocking date is posted on the TWRA website in November. These are excellent locations to take kids fishing.
On January 22, the Flintville Hatchery truck is scheduled to visit Cowan City Park in Franklin County. Another 350 rainbow trout will be aboard the truck and those fish are scheduled to hit Boiling Fork Creek at approximately 9 a.m.
There is no size limit on the trout anglers can keep, but the daily limit is seven. Fishing license information can also be found on TWRA's website at www.tnwildlfie.org.