Size of trout stocked in W Virginia lakes smaller than usual

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West Virginia's Department of Natural Resources says anglers should expect trout stocked in state waterways during the winter months to be smaller than usual.

The division's hatchery supervisor told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that a long dry spell during the late summer months and into the fall is thought to have impacted the average `catchable' size of the fish.

The supervisor said the growth rate is expected to return to normal as the weather warms. He said streams and lakes designated for January stockings will receive as many pounds of fish as last year and may actually get more because of their smaller size.