Kernville's Kern River Fish Hatchery reopened on March 25 after three years of renovations and improvements. Popular with schoolchildren and tourists, the facility takes in catchable-size fish raised in the Fresno area and plants them for recreational fishing in Brite Lake, Hart Park, the Kern River, Lake Ming and The Park at Riverwalk. Late this summer, volunteers and state employees plan to hike to remote creeks to find genetically pure Kern River rainbow trout that will be bred at the hatchery and reintroduced to the river. The roughly 15-acre facility at 14415 Sierra Way first opened in 1928 and is operated by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.

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