- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota wildlife officials plan to release thousands of catchable-sized rainbow trout below Fort Randall Dam this week.

The state’s Game, Fish and Parks Department says 5,000 hatchery-raised rainbow trout that are between 9 and 12 inches long will be released Thursday in the boat basin below Fort Randall Dam.

Crews will be releasing Shasta strain rainbow trout because officials say research has shown that that strain returns to the angler creel at a higher rate than others.

State fisheries biologist Jason Sorensen says the research has allowed the department to modify its stocking strategy in order to use the products of the state hatcheries more efficiently.

Sorensen says the research findings have allowed the department “to stock fewer trout while having anglers catch equal or greater numbers of trout.”

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