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Reservoir in Utah gets 60,000 new fish

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Nov 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-16 23:49:27-05

JORDANELLE RESERVOIR, Utah -- The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources planted about 60,000 rainbow trout in Jordanelle Reservoir earlier this week, and the fish are about a year old.

Officials brought the fish from a hatchery above Kamas on the Mirror Lake Highway, and by spring it is expected the trout will average 10-inches long.

Officials said the planted fish are sterile and that the hatchery system works better than allowing wild fish to lay eggs.

Lee Snelgrove, a tanker driver with Utah Division of Natural Resources, explained, "They found that there's history of some, like a brown trout will breed with a rainbow or whatever, so they get some odd interbreeding that is not desirable."

Four trips with 15,000 fish per load were made. Officials said they are working to improve fishing prospects at all of the state’s major lakes and reservoirs, and this is part of the effort.