Department of Fish and Wildlife
Portion of Hatchery Creek below Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery remains temporarily closed
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The
upper section of Hatchery Creek in Russell County will tentatively remain
closed until Dec. 11 to allow contractors time to finish renovation work. Completion
of this work is weather dependent.
section of creek, which is located below Lake Cumberland’s Wolf Creek Dam,
closed to fishing Nov. 1 while construction was underway.
contractors are making progress, but the recent rains slightly delayed the
final construction,” said Mike Hardin, assistant director of the Fisheries Division
of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The closure is to
the upper public fishing access section, immediately downstream of the Wolf
Creek National Fish Hatchery.”
should call the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery to check on the status of
construction before visiting Hatchery Creek to fish.
upper section of the creek flows for several hundred feet before reaching a
fish barrier to the lower section. This upper section, once reopened, will be
regulated under Cumberland River trout regulations that allow anglers to keep a
creel limit of fish.
lower section includes a new creek channel. This area is designated by signs
and will remain closed to all fishing until late April. The lower section will
be a designated catch and release, artificial bait only trout stream.
Creek is undergoing a complete redesign and renovation to emulate a natural
trout stream with runs, pools, shoals and wetlands. It will provide about one
mile of restored stream for trout fishing when the entire stream opens to
public use in late April, 2016.