There’ll be another spring shipment of rainbow trout stocked in the Turtle River at Turtle River State Park, but it won’t be until sometime next week when river levels become more manageable.
Normally, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department stocks another batch of rainbow trout into the Turtle River right before the Memorial Day weekend, but the recent widespread rains have the river running at “bank full” levels, and the water is very muddy.
Steve Crandall, manager of Turtle River State Park, said the park was scheduled to get its last load of trout for the spring Thursday, but he said delaying seemed a prudent option, given the river conditions.
“I figured most of those fish would just ride out of the park reaches of the river when it’s this high,” Crandall said in an email.
Not surprisingly, Crandall said a busy weekend is on tap at the park, and reservations are filled. Even last weekend, which was Canada’s annual May long weekend, was booked solid, Crandall said, and the Canadian campers all showed up — and stayed — through all the rain. Now that’s dedication.