51,000 trout fingerlings were placed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fish hatchery at Willow Beach north of Kingman on August 16. The failure of a river water intake pipe system ended trout production at the facility in November, 2013.
Completed system repairs enable the facility to continue rearing trout for stocking various waterways. The trout were about 4.5 inches long when placed at the hatchery.
“The goal is to get them to 12 inches and it takes an inch a month to grow trout,” said project leader Mark Olson. “We’re hoping to start stocking some fish in February at locations to be determined by Game and Fish.”
Olson said the trout are being raised in 18 raceways that are roughly 8 feet wide and 100 feet long. He said the hatchery’s other 18 raceways are used to raise endangered razorback sucker fish.