I know I’ve shared with you guys on numerous occasions about the trout that is stocked in our Sipsey Tailrace here; but I’ve never really shown you the exact way the trout get released into the tailrace.
First stop after they are loaded into the refrigerated tanks for transfer to a tailrace or lake, in this case the Sipsey Tailrace at the base of
. All the trout that are released into the Sipsey are
either from Dale Hollow Hatchery in Smith Lake Dam or from the Steelville Hatchery in Tennessee . The best stocked trout come from Steelville, simply
because of the size and health of the fish once they arrive at the Sipsey. The
Dale Hollow hatchery delivers the same numbers, but a bit smaller than the
Steelville Hatchery. The number of trout released vary from month to month; the
most could be 3000 and the least could be as few as 1500. Missouri
After being released from the tanks the trout travel over a 100 feet down through a 10” pvc pipe to drop 40 plus feet into the cold waters of the tailrace. You would think that this ordeal would kill most of them, but 99% survive. The water temps in the heat of the summer never get above 60 degrees and in the winter in the low fifties. Stocking occurs every month, so there is always an abundance of trout for the angler to land. A lot of trout reach the 18” mark which is considers a prize. My largest taken on the Sipsey has been a 16” who knows I may reach that 18” mark one day.
The following clip shows you the size trout that comes from the Steelville Hatchery in
This clip shows the size trout from the Dale Hollow Hatchery in
. This truck was going to deliver 3000 trout to the
Sipsey Tailrace the following week. The clip shows the Dale Hollow Hatchery truck
releasing trout at the dam at Tennessee . My son-in-law filmed this segment while we were
waiting on our guide to join us in his drift boat to fish the Caney that morning.
This tailrace is fantastic to fish because it is stocked with browns, rainbow
and brook trout. I try to fish this place at least three to four times a year. Center Hill Lake