Preschool children help in annual stocking of Dutch Lake

Clearwater Preschool children were invited to take part in the annual fish stocking of Dutch Lake

Preschool student Katie Biagioni releases a cupful of fish into Dutch Lake as part of the annual spring fish stocking for the lake.

Preschool student Katie Biagioni releases a cupful of fish into Dutch Lake as part of the annual spring fish stocking for the lake.

Clearwater Preschool children were invited to take part in the annual fish stocking of Dutch Lake on May 9 at the Dutch Lake Boat launch. “The Preschool children always come to help out,” said Mark Green, manager of Clearwater Trout Hatchery. “They really enjoy releasing the fish.”

The group released a total of 4,000 kokanee and 1,500 rainbow trout for the annual spring stocking of Dutch Lake.

Clearwater Trout Hatchery (Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC) stocks over 300 lakes in B.C. a year covering areas north of Merritt up to the Yukon border. Fish releases are carried out at two different times a year by the society. Fish are released into lakes in the spring from April – June and then again in the fall in September.

“Between the five BC hatcheries we stock upwards of 8 million fish a year,” said Green.  Clearwater Trout Hatchery stocks approximately 3.5 million fish a year out of Clearwater. “We stock public access lakes only,” said Green. “Dutch Lake is a spring stock only.”