Alaskans help Fish and Game stock Cheney Lake with rainbow trout
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been busy stocking lakes, getting them ready for Alaskans of all ages to catch some fish.
This year, the department hosted an event at Cheney Lake to get the community involved in stocking rainbow trout. Officials delivered more than a thousand trout to Cheney Lake from the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery, which raises more than 4 million fish a year with the potential to raise up to 6 million, according to its website.
Staff took the fish out of the hatchery through tubes and loaded them onto special trucks and to transport them down the road.
Andrew Garry, a stocking coordinator with Fish and Game, said they can load about 10,000 fish in about 20 minutes depending on the size. Garry said the hatchery stocks over 200 lakes throughout Southcentral.
Molly McCarthy-Cunfer, a project assistant with Fish and Game, said it's important to stock lakes for the environment and Alaskans.
"By stocking lakes the Department of Fish and Game creates and diversifies sport fishing opportunity, as you can see here there are a lot of people out fishing [...] By doing so we help reduce the pressure off of wild fish stocks," she said.
Fish and Game is holding a similar event at Finger Lake on May 30 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. to stock Arctic grayling and rainbow trout. The public is invited to attend and take part in stocking the lake.
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