Fishermen enjoy catching rainbow trout in Rock Creek

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

By Karen Hall


In spite of the rain Saturday morning, fishermen were at Rock Creek Park catching rainbow trout.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency released 350 trout in Rock Creek Friday afternoon, and local fishermen were quick to seize the opportunity to catch a species not native to this creek and won't thrive there when the water gets warmer.

Those fishing included Danny Wilson, who played football and graduated from Marshall County High School in 1966, and his friends Ray Ledbetter and Tony Harris.

"We fish three days a week, rest for three days, and go to church on Sunday," said Wilson, explaining how he and his friends spend their time now that they're retired.

"We put the Lord first," he said.

The fish came from the TWRA hatchery in Flintville, and a crew of four men released them into Rock Creek just west of the foot bridge in the park.

The men who were fishing Saturday were glad it was raining.

"If it were pretty, there would be 20 people here," said Ledbetter.

"It keeps the fair-weather fishermen away."

"It's good the TWRA does this," said Brent Green, who was fishing with his six-year-old son Brady.

"If they don't, we've got to drive to Tims Ford or the Caney (Fork River)," he said, noting these destinations are one- and two-hour drives away. A little fishing trip to Rock Creek Park is also perfect for small children, he said.

"This is a good thing they do. We need to praise them for that," Green added.

Green and Harris have more than a love of fishing in common -- they both work for CSX, though in different departments.

The limit of trout each man could take home was seven per day, and they all looked likely to fill their limit without a problem.

"It's too easy," admitted Wilson.