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The precipitous decline of Yellowstone Lake’s cutthroat trout population during the past 30 years following the illegal introduction of nonnative lake trout has had impacts on everything from zooplankton and water temperature to grizzly bears and otters, according to a newly published paper.
A few years ago there were no native westslope cutthroat trout in a 5-mile stretch of Cee Cee Auh Creek of northeast Washington. This summer, however, biologists estimate there are more than 3,000, a sign that a major recovery effort is working.
Researchers trying to preserve native cutthroat trout in Yellowstone National Park say they are on track to eliminate non-native fish from Yellowstone Lake in about a decade.
A Coeur d’Alene Tribe effort to boost cutthroat trout by transferring northern pike from Windy Bay north to Cougar Bay will resume this week.
Despite alarmingly low flows and high water temperatures reported in many Western trout streams last week, the Royal Wulff and Renegade Benevolent Society found plenty of room for optimism at Cutthroat Creek, as usual. Bylaws prohibit pinpointing GPS coordinates or even vague references to the location of Cutthroat Creek, but most fly fishers could find it – even in low water – if they would only try.
FISHING -- Good fishing reports are coming in from far and wide. Here's the latest on Omak Lake on the Colville Indian Reservation from Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Guide Service: On Omak the fish are coming off the spawn and biting like crazy!...
Thanks to the Lahontan cutthroat trout, three Washington lakes stand out as prized fisheries even though their waters are too alkaline for virtually all other sportfish. However, Lake Lenore’s standout fishery south of Coulee City took a hit in recent years from Eastern European gillnet poachers who stole untold hundreds of fish from the lake. Four gillnetters were caught with 242 mature cutthroats and convicted in Grant County of illegal fishing last year.
The westslope cutthroat trout is like chicken soup for the fly fisher’s soul. Angling for this native of the mountain streams in Idaho and Montana has been passed down through generations. It’s a go-to species for anglers whether they’re on top of their game or down on their luck.
Fewer cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake could be part of the reason that elk herds migrating out of the park are declining. Two recently published studies conducted in Yellowstone National Park point to the connectivity between the decline of spawning cutthroat trout from Yellowstone Lake and a resulting shift in grizzly bear diets to elk calves.
Lake trout studied at Priest Lake FISHING – Coinciding with a debate about future management of the Priest Lake mackinaw fishery, the Idaho Fish and Game Department is joining a comprehensive study of the lake’s trout population that will involve commercial-style gillnetting.