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Coming soon to Henderson County: Rainbow Trout

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You could be pulling rainbow trout out of a lake at Sandy Lee Watkins Park in Henderson County very soon.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks lakes with trout every winter and opens them to fishing.

Henderson County fishermen say they usually have to travel three to six hours to catch rainbow trout.

"We either have to go to Arkansas or Cumberland River has a trophy area that we get on and fish," fly fisherman Mac Arnold told 14 News.

That's because rainbow trout can't survive in this habitat year round. They're found in cooler lakes and streams.

To get them in a lake in Henderson County, they must be delivered by the Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and kept in a man-made, climate controlled body of water.

County Engineer Bill Hubiak says there are already fish in the lakes at the park; species like bluegill, crappie and catfish, but trout will be a first for this area.

Rainbow trout are especially popular for those who catch to eat. Fishermen say they're a tasty meat, similar to salmon.

Five-hundred rainbow trout will be added as early as this week and five-hundred more in march.

You must buy a trout stamp in order to keep the fish. You get that the same way you do a fishing license. With a fishing license, you can still catch and release.

If they stock the lake this week, Hubiak says the county will open the park to trout fishing on the weekends.

Signs will be posted so you know which out of the three lakes in that park are stocked with rainbow trout.

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