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Gooding Fourth Graders Raise, Release Baby Trout

Keith Srakocic
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Rainbow Trout being stocked in Philadelphia.

A group of Idaho fourth graders have released tiny trout they raised from eggs in their Gooding classroom.


For the last three months, fourth-grade students from Gooding Elementary have been raising rainbow trout in a 30-gallon aquarium in their classroom. The 100 trout eggs came from the Hayspur Hatchery. Students got to watch the tiny fish go through their different life stages.


Students spent the winter keeping the fish and the aquarium water healthy. They also spent time learning how fish grow, and about their habitat and behavior.


It’s all part of the Trout in the Classroom program coordinated by Trout Unlimited and sponsored by Idaho Fish and Game.


Now two-inch fingerlings, the fish have outgrown the aquarium and are currently at the Hayspur Hatchery Fishing Pond. The hope is they will survive and be caught by fishermen.


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