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Speaker will discuss trout study of the Clinch River

Tom Flanagan, a graduate student in the Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit at Tennessee Tech University, will speak Thursday, Oct. 10, at a free, public meeting of the Clinch River Chapter, Trout Unlimited, on his study of “young-of-the-year” trout in the Clinch.

Sampling of trout in the Clinch began in August and will continue to October 2020, measuring length and weight of the fish and noting whether they are stocked fish or naturally reproduced.

Adipose fins are clipped on all fingerling trout stocked in the Clinch, so they can be identified as hatchery fish.

Flanagan’s research will indicate whether trout are successfully spawning in the tailwater below Norris Dam. It will also assess and compare growth rates of both stocked and naturally reproducing rainbow trout in the Clinch.

As Flanagan is working in cooperation with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, TWRA biologist Jim Habera will also be at the program.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 158 W. Norris Road, Norris.