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Rainbow Trout

About 10,000 rainbow trout will be released into the Missouri River below the Fort Randall Dam this month after being raised at the Cleghorn Fish Hatchery in Rapid City.

About 10,000 rainbow trout that were reared at the Cleghorn Springs Fish Hatchery in Rapid City will find a new home in the Missouri River, and eventually on an angler's line, as part of a stocking effort happening this month.

The state Game, Fish & Parks Department says crews from Cleghorn will travel to the Missouri River just below the Fort Randall dam to release 5,000 rainbow trout today, and another 5,000 next Thursday. The fish are of the shasta strain of rainbow trout, which the state says are between 9 and 12 inches in length and "bite readily."

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Past research has shown this type of trout is more easily caught by anglers than other varieties of rainbow trout.

“These findings have allowed us to alter our stocking strategy to more efficiently use the products our hatcheries produce,” Jason Sorensen, GFP fisheries biologist, said in a news release. “We are able to stock fewer trout while having anglers catch equal or greater numbers of trout.”

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