|KERN RIVER HATCHERY STOCKING
|The Kern and Tule
Rivers are planted with fish (water and road conditions permitting),
from March thru November. Plants are reduced to every other week for the
balance of the year. Lakes are planted only in the winter when the water
temperatures are low enough for the fish.
Kern River Hatchery also handles planting in the following
Kern County: Alder Creek; Cedar Creek;
Hart Park Lake; Kern River Sec. 1 (Democrat Beach to Lower Richbar); Kern River
Sec. 2 (Sandy Flat to Democrat Beach); Kern River Sec. 4 (Power House #3 to
Riverside Park, Kernville); Lake Isabella; Ming Lake; and, Woollomes
Tulare County: Bone Creek; Deer
Creek; Dry Meadow Creek; Kern River Sec. 5 (Fairview Dam to Lazy River Lodge);
Kern River Sec. 6 (Johnsondale Bridge to Fairview Dam); Kern River, South Fork
(Kennedy Meadows); Nobe Young Creek; Peppermint Creek - Lower; Peppermint Creek
- Upper; Poso Creek; Tule River, north fork/middle fork Sec. 1 (Wishone
Campground); Tule River, south fork/middle fork Sec. 2 (Camp Nelson); Tule
River, south fork/middle fork Sec. 3 (Cedar Slope); and, White River.
|The recent creation of a
unique Trophy Trout Program has placed some excellent size fish into the upper
Kern River. The program permits the holding and feeding of extra trout numbers
until they reach size. They are released with regular trout at various plant
locations from Kernville north to Brush Creek.
|Fish are transported in
special insulated tanks and are weighed by displacement. A sight gauge
calibrated in pounds of fish is used to measure the amount of fish in the tank.
Plant amounts and locations are controlled by the Hatchery Manager.