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Trout released at Claiborne West Park

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Despite the cold weather, about a dozen eager fishermen got first dibs on a fresh batch of rainbow trout at Claiborne West Park on Wednesday. Thanks to the Orange County Parks Department, 500 trout were released into the pond.

Orange County Parks Department supervisor Mike Hale said in his 12 years there, they've released over 10,000 fish.

"We have people out here fishing all the time," Hale said. "There's not too many places like this that you can come and walk the bank and catch something.... we have some pretty good fish in this pond."

A local fishery in Jasper provided the trout. Fisherman Robert Hall said fishing for trout from a fishery is different than catching wild trout, because he is able to use corn as bait instead of something like salmon eggs.

"These fish are dumb because they come out of a hatchery versus being raised wild in the streams of Colorado."

A release of another 500 fish will occur on Feb. 5. The winter weather is ideal for Rainbow Trout.

"Once the water gets up to about 70 degrees they'll die out," Hale said, "but most of the time they catch them all before it gets that far."

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