Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
Trout numbers in the South Fork of the Snake River are down, a puzzling development for Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists.
Concerned that 10 years of work to remove brook trout from Soda Butte Creek has been ineffective, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are considering poisoning about 12 miles of the stream just outside Yellowstone National Park to kill the nonnatives.
Soda Butte Creek flows from just outside of Cooke City in the Beartooth Mountains into Yellowstone National Park, where it is one of the tributaries to the Lamar River.
Rarely, if ever, has a dam been considered a savior for fish. Typically the structures block natural fish migration and forever alter the habitat, harming native species. But Lima Reservoir dam in southwestern Montana may be an exception.
Technology offers great tools for archaeologists, such as analyzing the residue in ancient ceramic containers to reveal what they contained, or testing proteins on stone artifacts to find what animals were butchered or killed with the tools.
Yellowstone’s supervisory fisheries biologist Todd Koel, left, takes photos as John Syslo opens the stomach of a lake trout to examine the contents this past summer.
David Sweet recently emailed me with an update on the ongoing battle to diminish the lake trout population in Yellowstone Lake and increase the numbers of Yellowstone cutthroat trout. In short, things are looking up for the Yellowstone cutthroat as their numbers continue to increase.
Yellowstone cutthroat trout advocate Dave Sweet of Cody, Wyo., will be the featured speaker at the November meeting of Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 18.
Practicing patriotism. Will James Middle School teacher Hunter Jones’ classes have sent 5,000 care packages and 10,000 letters to U.S. troops since 2002. The VFW honored Jones’ efforts to involve students by naming him VFW national teacher of the year.
The Northwester is one of four boats used to net fish on Yellowstone Lake this summer.
The remains of these five fish were found in the stomach of this lake trout after being netted this summer.
Although the data hasn’t been officially tallied yet, this summer’s netting efforts on Yellowstone Lake resulted in the capture and killing of more than 300,000 lake trout for the second year in a row.
Stream crossings on the Shields Loop Road will be improved this week to benefit native Yellowstone cutthroat trout and campground improvements will also be made.
Starting Monday Yellowstone National Park fisheries biologists will poison Elk Creek and its tributaries, including Lost and Yancey creeks near Tower Junction, to kill nonnative brook trout so native cutthroat can be restocked.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Workers at Yellowstone National Park intend to poison non-native brook trout on a stream system in the park so it can be restocked with native cutthroat trout.
Angler concerns have prompted the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to postpone a proposed project to restore native Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the upper Porcupine Creek drainage east of Lovell.
The Southeast Arm has a nonmotorized section, so netters had to get special permission for their two-day venture to sample the area.
Hickey Brothers is the Wisconsin commercial fishing company with boats and crews on Yellowstone Lake.
These lake trout were netted in Yellowstone Lake's Southeast Arm, a remote location that had never been netted before.
Pelicans and seagulls gather behind the netting boats in hopes of getting a fish meal.