Kentucky officials stock cutthroat trout in Cumberland River

BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has introduced 38,000 cutthroat trout into the Cumberland River, the first time the fish has been stocked in Kentucky.

The agency says the fish came from a hatchery in Arkansas, at no cost.

Crews with state Fish and Wildlife stocked 5,100 trout at Bakerton, 21,600 at Burkesville and 11,300 at the Kentucky 61 bridge, just downstream from Burkesville. The fish averaged just over 6 inches long.

The cutthroat trout have similar regulations as brown trout in the Cumberland River: a one-fish daily creel limit and a 20-inch minimum size limit.

Dave Dreves, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, says the fish came from Norfork National Fish Hatchery in Arkansas.