About 57,000 trout are scheduled to be stocked by helicopter in lakes in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest, including the Cloud Peak Wilderness, on Aug. 5.
The Wyoming Game and Fish flights will begin around 6:30 a.m. and should be completed within two or three hours, depending upon weather conditions. The staging area for the operation will be the Tyrell Ranger station helipad.
Cody regional waters to receive Yellowstone cutthroat trout are: East Marion Lake, Emerald Lake, Lake Elsie, Lost Lake, Lilly Lake, Lost Twin Lake’s No. 1 and 2, Maybelle Lodge Lake, Poacher Lake and Little Poacher Lake. Golden trout will be planted in Gunboat Lake, and Lower and Upper Pouch Lakes. Splake will be planted in Lower Medicine Lodge Lake.
The fish will range from 2.5 to 4 inches. Fish being stocked will not be catchable size for at least two years.
Many of Wyoming's high-country lakes are not capable of supporting a reproductive population of fish. Only a small percentage of the wilderness lakes are managed by stocking. Many others have wild, self-sustaining fish populations, or are managed as fishless.