FRESNO -- Fresno-area anglers are getting an early Christmas present this year, gift wrapped by the Department of Fish and Game.
Starting Friday, rainbow trout weighing between 4 and 8 pounds apiece will be stocked in the Kings River at several locations below Pine Flat Dam. The river will be stocked for a second time Dec. 26 and every other week through the end of March until 10,000 pounds are planted.
Each stocking will consist of between
200 and 250 trophy-sized trout. The Coleman-strain rainbows, which originate in Northern California, have spent 3 years at the hatchery fattening up on a high-protein diet designed for maximum growth.
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"People ask us all year long when we're going to put the big fish in again," said
Greg Paape, manager of the San Joaquin Hatchery in Friant. "They always draw a big crowd."