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Idaho Fish and Game will dump 12K rainbow trout into Fernan Lake this month

Idaho Fish and Game staff aim to double the number of trout stocked at Fernan Lake this year.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Get your fishing poles ready. More rainbow trout —  and bigger ones at that — are headed to popular fishing spot Fernan Lake near Coeur d'Alene. 

Anglers can expect Idaho Fish and Game to stock 12,000 one-foot long trout during the week of April 8 to kick of fishing season, followed by 6,000 trout each month in May, June and September. This will add up to about 30,000 rainbow trout.

According to Fish and Game, the fish will be larger than the eight to ten-inch trout traditionally stocked into lowland lakes like Fernan. 

Fish and Game researchers found that 12-inch trout are better for the anglers' buck — plus, anglers prefer catching a larger fish. 

Fish and Game is able to stock more rainbow treat this year due to a statewide increase in production at its hatcheries. Staff aim to double the number of trout stocked this year to provide excellent fishing for anglers.

Fernan Lake also offers a popular mixed fishery for both coldwater and warmwater species. The fishery is close to town, has great shoreline and boat access, and supports a diverse and productive fishery, according to Fish and Game. 

Anglers can fish from Fernan Lake's bank or while trolling from a boat. 

Those interested in Fish and Game's fish stocking schedule for other Idaho lakes can visit the agency's website

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