"We'll be stocking 10 percent brood fish this year, as opposed to 20 percent the past couple of years. Anglers should keep in mind that 10 percent is the amount of brood we traditionally have stocked. We only did 20 percent because we happened to have surpluses of brood fish," Shingleton said.
The average early season trout will be a bit smaller than the 11-inch fish anglers are accustomed to seeing. Shingleton said the size would increase throughout the remainder of the stocking season.
"The fish we stock in January are smaller because our hatcheries are at their fullest and there's a lot of competition for food," he explained. "As more trout are stocked and the hatcheries become less crowded, there's less competition and the fish grow faster. The later into the season a fish is stocked, the bigger it will be."
All waters listed as weekly, biannual or monthly-January in the DNR's stocking schedule should receive trout before the end of the month. Weekly waters will receive two stockings. Biannual and monthly-January waters will receive one.
Shingleton said the only change to the traditional January stocking schedule is for Preston County's Wolf Creek, which has been taken off the list.
"Wolf Creek has access problems," he explained. "The landowner leased the surrounding area to a sportsman's club, and now the land is posted. We don't stock posted waters."
A full list of the state's stocked waters can be found on the Fishing Regulations page of the DNR website, www.wvdnr.gov.
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