Anglers have the chance to catch a few thousand more fish at Greenbo Lake.
On Wednesday, the 181-acre lake was stocked with 5,500 rainbow trout from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Minor Clark Fish Hatchery in Morehead near Cave Run Lake. The fish, each between seven and nine inches, are part of the spring stocking program.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Manager Cary Lyle said the lake receives two stockings per year of the rainbow trout, one in the fall that includes between 3,000 and 5,000 fish and one in the spring. A typical spring stocking includes 4,000 to 7,000 fish depending on what is available, he said.
Lyle said he expects anglers to be out in force over the coming days to catch the tasty trout.
“A lot of tri-state anglers come out. They look forward to the rainbows being stocked. They will be out there even in the coldest weather ice fishing,” he said.
“They are good for your skillet. Catch your limit and you’ll have a good mess of rainbow trout for the dinner table.”
According to guidelines published by the KDFW, the daily limit for rainbow trout is eight. There is no size minimum. Anglers must have a valid Kentucky fishing license with a trout stamp, however.
Lyle said anglers typically report success using a variety of baits including Super Dupers for trolling and Powerbait or corn and marshmallows if fishing from the bank in the ramp area.
Fishing conditions weren’t ideal on Wednesday, however. Anglers reported the lake was muddy and littered with debris from the heavy rains that had fallen in the area during the day.
In addition to rainbow trout, the lake is sometimes stocked with bluegill, crappie, bass, and catfish depending on what biologists determine to be necessary for the health of lake. “They do studies usually about every year on how our fish population is,” said Lyle. “If it is down in any one area, they will stock it to try to get those levels back up.”
Greenbo has been getting attention in the last year for the large bass being pulled from the lake, many weighing 9 to 11 pounds.
Lyle said he knows of at least six fish that were caught last year weighing in that range. “It’s been a really good season for our anglers catching those big bass. There have been more coming out of the lake this year than I can remember.”
He encouraged anglers to practice catch and release with the large bass, noting, “When those big hogs get pulled out of there, you are taking out some really good genes in that lake.”
Lyle also encouraged anglers to spend the night at the lodge. “We have really good rates right now, just ask for the angler’s special.”
CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2653.