Robb Hoff

Alas, I must correct misinformation I included in a previous column I wrote near the end of 2022 entitled “Happy Troutgiving and Merry Troutmas!”

My wife took umbrage with my description of her Thanksgiving meal shopping prowess after she read that column, in which I wrote that she bought potatoes and onions for 99-cents per pound. I detected a scowl when she told me that she paid 99-cents TOTAL for five pounds of potatoes and 99-cents TOTAL for three pounds of onions.

In my defense, I don’t shop much…unless it’s for fishing tackle.

Speaking of which – Happy Trout Year!

I know it’s later in the month of January and most of the New Year’s wishes have gone by the wayside, but nonetheless, there it is!

I should mention at this point that, while my grocery store shopping details might have went errant, my description of the Kentucky supply chain of rainbow trout was spot on.

A couple of updates have transpired since I wrote that last column, though. For one, my trout haul is now up to 56 since the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife released 1,000 rainbow trout into the Six-Acre Pond in the Boone Tract Wildlife Management Area in Henry County in mid-October.

The other detail is that the price of Berkley Power Bait for catching trout is now $4 per jar at the Legacy Armory in Pleasureville (although this price is still a bargain).

In any event, the trout fishing has continued at Six-Acre Pond despite a week’s worth of frozen water around Christmas time. The thaw came quick, and the fishing heated up even faster. I’ll keep fishing for these trout as long as the pond isn’t iced over, which hopefully won’t disrupt my only New Year’s resolution: to catch enough rainbow trout to eat one meal of trout and vegetables per day during Lent (Feb. 22 to April 6).

Yes, that’s a lot of trout, but they sure are tasty!

I do actually give myself somewhat of a reprieve, though, if I’m indeed blessed enough by the Kentucky supply chain of rainbow trout and my own good luck fishing to catch enough trout to eat a trout dinner per day during Lent. That reprieve is a total of 40 days of trout meals during Lent, which means there will be four days of no trout during that time. I like to reserve those days for eating out at restaurants where I will not order trout.

For those that do like to eat trout and are willing to fish for them, here’s some information to consider. Fish & Wildlife typically stocks Six-Acre Pond in Henry County twice a year: once in October and once in either late February or March, depending on winter thaw of pond surface ice.

Hopefully, nothing in this world will disrupt that bountiful supply chain of rainbow trout. For those who do feel compelled to cast out a line in the water this winter for trout, here’s a tip: if the wind chill dips below freezing and starts to ice up your rod eyelets (but the water is still fishable), just dip the rod eyelets into the water to unfreeze them long enough to make another cast.