By Rachel Dove
DELBARTON - Spring is officially here and Mingo County fishermen can ring it in in style thanks to the recent stocking of Pigeon Creek, courtesy of the Mingo County Commission.
Earlier this week, 500 pounds of trout were released into Pigeon Creek in downtown Delbarton as part of the county commission’s recreation development initiative.
“Our county is filled with avid outdoorsmen,” said Mingo County Commission President Greg “Hootie” Smith. “Recreation always tops the list of any survey or poll we take among our residents and my fellow commissioners and I felt today was the perfect time to prepare this stream for the fishermen and activity that comes with spring.”
Pigeon Creek is one of the county’s most popular fishing spots during the spring and summer months.
“Next to our people, our scenic beauty is our best asset,” said Commissioner John Mark Hubbard. “We want our residents and visitors to our county to make the most of our recreational areas. Well-stocked streams like Pigeon Creek draw people outside and give them an opportunity to appreciate what our county has to offer.”
Commissioner Mike Carter believes that providing fish for the county’s streams promotes good health initiatives and fellowship among those taking advantage of the stocked streams.
“This is one more way for us to encourage our kids to put down the video games and get outside,” Carter said. “It also encourages interaction among those taking advantage of the recreational areas. Recreational development is one of the best ways we can promote and advance our county.”