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First Fry Release of 2024 and Volunteer Recruitment

Gathering Trout for release

March 19, 2024

On Thursday, February 22, 2024, the Kings River Fishery Management Program (KRFMP) hosted the first rainbow trout fry release of the year. Students from Buchanan High School came out in the morning to assist with fish release. The students received insights on the operations of the incubator building and got to release a few buckets of fry into the Kings River. In the afternoon, 10 members of the public came to assist with the fish release. At the event, volunteers helped gather rainbow trout fry that hatched approximately seven weeks earlier and released them in various spots along the Kings River between the US Army Corps of Engineers Bridge and Avocado Lake Park. Approximately 90,000 trout fry were released by volunteers and staff that day.  

The next KRFMP fry release will be for the 130,000 trout eggs that arrived at the KRFMP incubator building on February 28th and 29th. The anticipated fry release date is April 18th. If you or anyone would like to help with the fry release on April 18th, please go to the KRFMP website for more information or contact Lori Werner at or 559-237-5567 ext. 122.  

The KRFMP is also looking for volunteers to assist with care of the trout fry and the incubator building on the weekends from now until April 18th. All new volunteers must attend an orientation with Kings River Conservation District staff. Interested volunteers can either visit the KRFMP website volunteer page or contact Lori Werner at or 559-237-5567 ext. 122.   

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The Kings River Fisheries Management Program is a cooperative effort the Kings River Conservation District, Kings River Water Association, and CA Department of Fish and Wildlife.