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Reelfoot pond to be stocked

Reelfoot pond to be stocked

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2008 10:55 pm
By: John Brannon Messenger Staff Reporter

 By JOHN BRANNON Messenger Staff Reporter Has Old Man Winter put a damper on your fishing? Not to worry, says Union City city manager Don Thornton. For those hardy souls willing to brave cold rain and wind, Thornton has quite a deal —rainbow trout right in your own back yard, so to speak. On Wednesday, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will restock the pond at the former Reelfoot Packing Co. site on West Reelfoot Avenue with trout. The average size is 10 inches; the daily creel limit is seven. It is the second year TWRA has stocked the pond. A year ago, in a pilot program of furnishing rainbow trout to communities where the colorful and tasty critters are unheard of, TWRA released rainbow trout into the pond at the former Reelfoot Packing Co. Anglers were encouraged to come and try their luck at landing a few. Thornton said it was a successful enterprise. “It went real well. There were people out there fishing in all kinds of weather,” he said. “People seemed to really enjoy it. We got a lot of good compliments from citizens.” Jason Henegar of TWRA’s Fisheries Management Division said the trout provide an opportunity for winter fishing, but do not survive as water temperatures rise in spring and early summer. Was that the case at the Union City site? Not at all, according to Thornton. “We never did see any dead fish,” he said. “I don’t know whether they were all fished out or what, but we never did see any.” According to TWRA, the trout to be released at the local pond on Wednesday are part of 82,000 in the winter release program that runs through March. About 50 other communities will also receive TWRA trout. TWRA will stock Martin’s city pond on the same day it stocks the pond at the site in Union City. Published in The Messenger 12.15.08

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