Kern River Hatchery hosts Trout Fest on Saturday
Coinciding with the statewide opening of the trout-fishing season, the Kern River Hatchery will host its annual Trout Fest, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plenty of fishy fun is planned for the day, with free admission to all activities.
Some of the events scheduled include fishing clinics, as well as cooking demonstrations featuring recipes and samples of grilled and pan-fried trout.
Activities for children include fish feeding, the chance to try to catch trout by hand, and various arts and crafts.
There will also be a fishing derby, with prizes awarded to anglers who catch the three heaviest trout.Prior to the event, the Department of Fish and Game will stock an additional 10,000-plus pounds of rainbow trout in the Kern River.
The Kern River Fishing and Natural History Museums will also be open, offering visitors the chance to view an exhibit of early fishing tackle and peruse collections of the area's native plants and animals.
"In this community, opening day is a great cause for celebration," said Marvin Waters, Kern River Hatchery manager. "We are happy to be once again stocking the Kern River with trout."
The Hatchery is at 14400 Sierra Way (Mountain Hwy. 99), on the Kern River, one mile north of Kernville.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo credit: Eric Engbretson / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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