Saturday, July 9, 2016

Another Missouri River Cutthroat

I know what you're thinking, "Yeah, it's a cutthroat. Big deal, right?"
Well, if you've fished the Missouri for any length of time, you'll realize it is a pretty big deal since they were all but eradicated from the river up until just a few years ago. I've been fishing the Mo for 15 years and have only seen about 8 or 9 caught and they were all in just the last few years.
So what would that do to the fishery if we started getting a substantial population of cutties to call it home? I think the hopper fishing would be pretty stupid. These guys are aggressive and not all that picky. This guy ate Kay Jones' purple chubby. But what is the likelihood that happens?
Not very high. Cutties don't do well in tail waters and particularly tail waters like the Mo that have so many rainbows and browns and where the fish do get spread out a bit, the water warms up too much for their liking. I think the occasional cutthroat that comes into the Missouri from a tributary will have to remain an anomaly.
Keep 'em where they live...

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