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Agur Lake stocked with fish

Around 1,000 rainbow trout were given a new home in Agur Lake on Friday.

Around 1,000 rainbow trout were given a new home in Agur Lake on Friday.

The Agur Lake Trout Release is part of the annual Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. spring stocking program.

The trout were raised at the Summerland Trout Hatchery and were trucked to the lake.

Kyle Girgan, manager of the hatchery, said the fish are sterilized females.

Because they are sterilized, they will not alter the genetic makeup of the wild fish in the area.

The females will live longer and grow larger than the males of the species.

Each year, numerous B.C. lakes are stocked with fish.

“The kids can show up, catch a fish, take it home and eat it that night,” said Girgan said.

The camp, west of Summerland, was opened to campers for the first time last year.

Agur Lake Camp was created to meet the needs of disabled campers.

Mirjana Komljenovic, office manager for the camp society, said campers will be able to fish while they are at the camp.

Another 200 fish will be added to the lake on May 31, near the camp dock.

This release coincides with the camp’s Learn to Fish Day on May 31.