Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hatchery Fish

At first glance you're probably thinking, "That guy doesn't know how to take a picture..."
I know how to take a picture. This rainbow was caught on the Cascade stretch a few days ago. It's a hatchery fish. You know how you can tell? It's tail was clipped. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks stopped stocking fish in the streams several decades ago but they still stock the reservoirs. This year they planted 200,000 8inch rainbows in Holter Lake alone. Most likely, this gal was one from a couple years ago that made its way either over the dam or through it. She's a long ways from home.
Keep 'em where they live...

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