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As reciprocity to Utah Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) for its help last year feeding and hauling young fish, the Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery is providing more fish for Utah waters, which means more trout dinners for recreational anglers.
The DWR is currently busy hauling about 260,000 rainbow trout fingerlings – roughly 8600 pounds of fish – from Jones Hole to lakes throughout the state, including Steinaker Reservoir near Vernal, and Mantua and East Canyon Reservoirs near Ogden. About half of the fish are going into Scofield Reservoir in Carbon County, adding to 270,000 Jones Hole trout that were stocked there in early May. The growing fish should begin reaching catchable size of around 10 inches by next spring.
The rainbow trout – a species first described in 1806 by Lewis and Clark during their expedition across the West – were produced from eggs provided by the State of Utah’s brood stock in Bicknell.
During 1999, Utah DWR also provided $13,000 worth of fish food to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to keep Utah’s fish at Jones Hole growing to size. In addition, they provided two trucks with drivers to haul 16 loads — 57,000 pounds of fish – to Flaming Gorge Reservoir and 3 loads – 6,700 pounds – to Jordanelle Reservoir, northeast of Provo.