Delayed Harvest

Great turnout and results

On October 1st and 5th, members and friends of Land O’Sky TU stocked North Mills River in Henderson County and Spring Creek in Madison County. Member turnout was awesome for both events! We had 27 participants at North Mills River and nine at Spring Creek.

While 27 is a great number, it was hard to effectively utilize everyone for stocking so Land O’Sky TU’s Vice President, Reba Brinkman, quickly organized some of the volunteers into a clean-up campaign. Trash was picked up on both sides of North Mills River campground area and up off Trace Ridge areas along the creek. (Good thinking, Reba!) Nine was a perfect number for Spring Creek as we could all ride on the stocking truck making logistics easy for those stocking sites.

We stocked around 2,000 trout in total at North Mills River along the campground area and downstream from the reservoir. At Spring Creek we stocked 1,200 trout since there are fewer stocking access sites due to so much private land along that stream. Both streams got some real piggies…browns, rainbows, and some sizable brook trout as well. The Setzer Hatchery folks supported us with good, helpful drivers and were pleased with the results. If you fish those waters, we think you will be pleased as well.

Join us for the next stocking events. The last two of 2018!

Friday, November 2 we will stock North Mills River. We will meet at 10 am in the parking lot of the campground for donuts and a briefing. The stocking truck arrived shortly after that in October so get here on time for the donuts!

For Spring Creek, we stock on Tuesday, November 6. Please plan to meet in the parking lot behind Spring Creek Tavern in downtown Hot Springs at 11 am and we sometimes grab a bite of lunch afterward.

Remember to bring your waders, gloves, and a rain jacket just in case.

If you need directions or have other questions, feel free to contact Rick Miale at