The Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Trout Fest is expanding in 2012. Trout Fest is a free educational event that introduces people to the sport of fishing and responsible angling. In 2012, Trout Fest will expand to the following locations:

  • Saturday, April 28 –Kern River Hatchery in Kernville (Kern County)
  • Saturday, May 12 –San Joaquin Hatchery in Friant (Fresno County)
  • Saturday, May 26 – Moccasin Creek Hatchery in Moccasin (Tuolumne County)

Hours for all three events are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with parking, admission and activities at no cost to the public.

“Over the years, Trout Fest has been a huge success in Kernville with tremendous community support,” said DFG Regional Manager Jeff Single. “We are very excited to add two new festivals this year that extend its presence in the Central Valley, bringing activities that are geared toward introducing both children and adults to hatcheries, conservation and fishing.”

As in previous years, Trout Fest activities will introduce attendees to proper fishing techniques, how to clean and cook a fish, and the role of the hatchery system.

Pan-frying and grilling demonstrations featuring free recipes and samples will be offered, as well as fly-fishing clinics for varying skill levels and all-ages basic fishing clinics. Art activities will run continuously, including gyotaku, the traditional Japanese art of fish printing. Event-goers can also watch a Fresno State graduate art student paint steel panels of trout predators such as the raccoon and heron.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight the native trout programs under way at our hatcheries,” said DFG Hatchery Supervisor Greg Kollenborn. “Some of the programs we’re especially thrilled to share include the Kern River Rainbow trout at our Kernville hatchery, the popular California Golden trout at San Joaquin and the Lahontan cutthroat trout at Moccasin Creek.”

Additional information and updates will be posted throughout the month on DFG’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaDFG.

photo: California Department of Fish and Game

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