RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Nevada Department of Wildlife is blaming years of drought for why they will have the earliest trout-stocking in 20 years.
NDOW is releasing the first of 35,000 trout into the Truckee River on Thursday. Fish stocking in the Truckee River usually does not happen until late March.
NDOW Public Information Officer Chris Healy says they are anticipating low river flows, caused by multiple years of ongoing drought. "It's a case of good news and bad news. When there's less water, the fish are more concentrated. When we've had such a poor water level for as long as we've had, we can possibly lose some hatcheries and then we can lose some of the wild trout that are in those waters."
In a normal year, NDOW stocks about 70,000 trout in the Truckee, but with flows expected to be very low by early summer, only about half of the annual allotment is being stocked in 2014.