WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Commission’s promotion of outdoor recreation throughout the county continued over the past week with the addition of fish to Marrowbone Creek and Laurel Lake.
On Friday, April 11, 500 pounds of trout were released into Marrowbone Creek, in the northern area of the county. On Tuesday, another 1,000 pounds of trout were released at Laurel Lake.
Earlier this month, trout was released into Pigeon Creek near Delbarton.
The latest releases of fish were conducted to further develop and promote outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Mingo County.
“We have many avid fishermen in Mingo County – both kids and adults,” explained Mingo County Commission President Greg “Hootie” Smith. “Our county is quite large topographically, so we felt the need to stock streams in both the northern and southern areas of our county. We want our residents to enjoy fishing in our streams and we want visitors to consider Mingo County as a prime fishing destination.”
Laurel Lake has been growing in popularity with fishermen over the past several years and the addition of a handicap-accessible fishing pier last year has increased that draw. The pier was purchased by the county commission.
“We want people to enjoy spending time outdoors in Mingo County,” said Commissioner John Mark Hubbard. “Recreation is always at the top of the list when people are asked their opinions as to what we need more of. We know our residents appreciate the stocking of these streams and will make good use of them.”
“Fishing is something that knows no limits,” Commissioner Mike Carter said. “It’s something everyone can enjoy. No matter their age people enjoy it.”