Trout Schedule Sets Middle Tennessee Streams for Annual Winter Trout Stocking

Monday, October 30, 2006 | 01:00 am

Colder temperatures bring many changes to Tennessee, but for mid-state anglers one good change is the altered routes taken by hatchery trucks.

Late fall begins the annual winter trout stocking program for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, when hatchery trucks deliver rainbow trout to rivers and creeks that are normally too warm for these popular cold-water fish.

“We’ve got trout just about ready to go,” noted Tim Cleveland, a biologist with the TWRA who helps head the trout program in Middle Tennessee. “We always look forward to this time of year and seeing people come out who don’t always have a chance to fish for trout.”

Trout trucks from TWRA’s Flintville Hatchery and from Dale Hollow National Hatchery will deliver fish to all of the streams that winter-stocking anglers are accustomed to, but the agency is adding one new delivery stock this winter.

“We’ve added the Harpeth River in Williamson County to our stocking scheduled,” said Cleveland. “We’re going to stock the river twice where it passes through Franklin City Park.