Fish culture technician Chris Stone releases trout into Poirier Lake Thursday morning. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. stocks local lakes twice a year. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)

Hatchery releases 300 fish into Poirier Lake

Stocking lakes provides anglers with great fishing opportunities in Sooke

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. released 300 rainbow trout in to Poirier Lake today to stock it with “catchable-sized trout.”

The fish are from Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery in Duncan, and about 20 centimetres long, weighing about half a pound each.

Most of the fish raised at the hatchery are rainbow trout, but a small amount are cutthroat trout.

The hatchery will be releasing 500 fish in to Kemp Lake and 500 in to Matheson Lake tomorrow.

“Stocking the lakes helps provide local anglers with great fishing opportunities,” said Tristan Robbins, hatchery manager. “For a lot of these lakes, the natural population can’t provide enough fish to keep the anglers happy, so we have to replenish it at a few times a year.”

Raising more than 250,000 fish each year, the hatchery stocks around 50 lakes throughout the Island, focusing more on urban lakes where more fishing takes place.

They stock lakes like Poirier twice a year; once in the summer and once in the fall. For more frequently visited waters, such as Colliery Dam in Nanaimo, the hatchery will release fish about seven times a year; three times in the spring and four in the fall.

“We are always excited to see the smiles on anglers faces when the fish are released,” Robbins. “And keeping the lakes full of fish means people will continue to get outside, go fishing and enjoy nature.”

All of the funding for the hatchery comes from anglers’ fishing licenses. To learn more, go online to gofishbc.com.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Trout make their final destination into Poirier Lake. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)

Just Posted

GUEST OPINION: Slinging mud and giving to charity

Potters come together to help Sooke charities

Sooke’s under-14 girls squad ready for playoff tests

Sooke team has perfect record so far

World Juniors fast approaching as selection camp begins in Colwood

BC Hockey and provincial dignitaries launched the championship on Tuesday at The Q Centre

Site preparation for new school in Langford to begin soon

Construction plan to be submitted in spring 2019

Heavy rain spurs public health advisory for Greater Victoria beaches

Wastewater along shoreline may pose a health risk

Miniature Christmas Land is back in Saanich

Local family continues to open intense Christmas-themed basement to public

B.C. Lions hire DeVone Claybrooks as head coach

Former Stampeders DC succeeds CFL legend Wally Buono

France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

A world-famous Christmas market was put on lock down on Tuesday

Canadian warship witnesses possible violations of North Korea sanctions

Crew members on HMCS Calgary took photos and collected other information

Christine Sinclair named Canadian Women’s player of the year again

This is the 14th time Sinclair has been named player of the year

B.C. man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

Nearly 8,000 homeless in B.C., first province-wide count reveals

Twenty-four seperate counts in B.C. cities found there are thousands of homeless in all corners of province

Mental health issue suspected after spike belts end Island Highway car chase

Woman in her 30s detained after Tuesday afternoon incident in Lantzville

Most Read