The week of March 18th-21st, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resource personnel stocked 54,850 rainbow and brown trout into 46 public fishing waters across the state.
All of these waters are open to public fishing and provide great opportunities for thousands of Kentuckians. The stocking of trout reared at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery provides $50M a year in economic impact.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 556 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.