February 15, 2012
Josh Brown, hatchery technician at the Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery, attaches a hose Wednesday morning to the hatchery truck. The hose funneled about 200 rainbow trout into the frozen pond at Wyman Living History Museum in preparation for Saturday’s ice fishing derby, one of several events at the museum’s first Not-So-Winter Festival.
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Fat flakes of snow fell Wednesday morning as a truck slowly lumbered to the pond below Wyman Living History Museum. It just arrived from the Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery and contained an unusual cargo—about 200 rainbow trout that, with any luck, will end up on hooks Saturday during a free ice fishing derby for children ages 16 and younger. The derby is just one of the events slated for the museum’s first Not-So-Winter Festival. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will provide poles and bait to children who want to try ice fishing but don’t have the gear.