The Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River below Smith Lake dam received a double stocking of rainbow trout in June. The next scheduled stocking of non-tagged trout is July 20. More trout will be stocked in September and January of 2018.
The fish were stocked at the Alabama Power Company fishing platform on the Walker County side of the river.
Twenty-two of the trout stocked in June were tagged with radio transmitters by Auburn University researchers to track their movements. The movement data will help WFF to better understand the fate of the fish following their stocking. The research results will also be used to improve the fishery.The tagged fish have a wire protruding from their abdomen and are safe to consume after cleaning. If you harvest a tagged rainbow trout from the Sipsey Fork, it is important that you keep the transmitter tag and contact Sarah Walsh with Auburn University at [email protected], or 334-844-4231.