Department of Fish and Wildlife
Trout stockings in Lexington expand with the addition of West Fork of Hickman Creek
FRANKFORT, Ky. – More
trout are coming to Lexington.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and
Wildlife Resources is expanding its stocking of rainbow trout in Fayette County
with new sites in the West Fork of Hickman Creek. The department currently
stocks the lake at Jacobson Park with trout.
“The stockings in Hickman Creek will
be first-time stockings,” said Jeff Ross, assistant director of fisheries for
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We want people in the Lexington area to get out
and enjoy them.”
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife employees
plan to stock 1,000 rainbow trout in the creek next week, with fish divvied
among three locations. The lake at Jacobson Park will also receive 3,500 trout
next week. Trout will average between 9 and 11 inches in length.
All stockings are weather-dependent
and may be delayed if extreme cold freezes the surface of these waters. Log on
to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov for current stocking information.
Department employees will place 250
trout in the West Fork of Hickman Creek in Belleau Woods Park. The park is located south of the city center
near the intersection of Man O’War Boulevard and Tates Creek Road. Anglers may
access the park, which is located behind the Tates Creek Center shopping
complex, by turning onto Belleau Wood Drive from Wilson-Downing Road, then
turning onto Forest Green Drive.
The department will also stock the
creek with 250 trout a little further downstream at the pedestrian bridge in Veteran’s Park between
Veteran’s Park Ballfield #1 and Veteran’s Park Elementary School, off
The third stocking site will include
500 rainbow trout at the Rockbridge Road access to Veteran’s Park.
“The Rockbridge area has a low-head
dam that impounds a small area of the creek,” said Jeff Crosby, central
fisheries district biologist for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “It is chest deep
through there and makes good winter habitat for trout. You’ll have public
access to either side of the creek through that stretch.”
anglers must have a trout permit in addition to a fishing license to keep
these fish. A trout permit is included in the senior/disabled license and the