SHERIDAN - Personnel at the Sheridan Regional Office have received reports of trout dying in local streams and rivers. Low water flows and high temperatures have combined to reduce oxygen levels in the water causing trout to die.
Catch and release anglers can help reduce stress to the fish with a few changes in their fishing techniques. Fish during the early morning hours when water temperatures are lower, and there is more oxygen in the water available to the fish. Go to higher elevations where streams have higher flows, and the conditions are better for fish. After hooking a fish,land it as soon as possible and avoid playing the fish to exhaustion. Release all fish to the water as soon as possible.
Sheridan Fisheries Supervisor Paul Mavrakis says,“With very low stream flows and hot temperatures trout are especially stressed.Anglers should avoid fishing lowland streams until temperatures cool and stream flows improve.”
(Contact: Warren Mischke (307) 672-7418)