GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of fish have been added to an Alabama creek as part of an ongoing effort to boost tourism.
Black Creek was restocked Tuesday with about 1,100 pounds of trout above Noccalula Falls by the Rainbow Fly Fishing Club, The Gadsden Times reported. The group also stocked 1,000 coppernose bluegill into the watershed in late March.
Republican Rep. Craig Lipscomb, of Rainbow City, is a member of the fishing club, and said they’re working with the city to fill a gap for activities at the falls in the winter months.
“We’re thinking about eco-tourism,” he said.
Lipscomb said trout fishing in Georgia brings in tens of millions of dollars for the state and Gadsden would benefit even from a fraction of that. Georgia has about 4,000 miles of trout streams and they are managed by the state’s Department of Natural Resources.
Fly fishing for trout is expected to last beyond the winter months. “They’re a cold-water fish but they’ll stick around into summer,” Lipscomb said.
He said the club plans to feed the fish to keep them in the upper part of the watershed instead of following Black Creek downstream into the Coosa.
Lipscomb said even in summer, the deeper part of the pools and shaded areas of the gorge will be habitats for the fish.
The trout will be stocked twice a year — once in November and once in February.
Fishing for trout requires a permit issued by Noccalula Falls Park as well as an Alabama State Fishing License. Permits cost $9 per day or $11 for a three-day pass. There are other limitations including dates for catch and release and only using fly rods, artificial lures and barb-less hooks.
More information can be found at www.flyfishgadsdenal.com.
Information from: The Gadsden Times, http://www.gadsdentimes.com