Trout stocked in Cuyahoga River at Water Works Park in Cuyahoga Falls

The next few months and into next spring should be great sport out on the

The next few months and into next spring should be great sport out on the middle of the Cuyahoga River around Water Works Park in Cuyahoga Falls, where about 1,000 trout were set loose Friday to lure area anglers.

But the real catch is in the number of people who get out on the river to go fishing, said Mike Hanshaw, president of the Western Reserve chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Last week’s release of farm-raised rainbows was paid for through grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Trout Unlimited. Each fish cost about $5.50, Hanshaw said.

It’s an investment meant to get more people out onto the river and into the parks.

“We’re trying to get more people interested in fishing,” he said. “You get more interested in fishing, you care about the river; you care about the river, you support the parks.”

A rambunctious rainbow trout can't wait to be released into the Cuyahoga River.

Volunteers and city workers spent hours with hand nets scooping the fish from an eight-compartment tanker truck into buckets. They then hauled the fish down to multiple riverbank release points.

“We’ve stocked Water Works Park here in Cuyahoga Falls,” Hanshaw said. “Where they go from there, I guess that’s up to the fish. There’s about three-quarters of a mile of walking trails and anywhere we can get in, we’ve got buckets to stock the river.”