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Biologists to track brown trout on Big Creek

October 22, 2018
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Project will help biologists understand if spawning trout can pass a diversion

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The Laramie Region Fisheries Management crew recently PIT-tagged 110 spawning brown trout from Big Creek to track their upstream movements. This information will help fish biologists understand if spawning brown trout are able to pass the Big Creek Diversion. 

The diversion dam, located on privately owned Big Creek Ranch, is a concrete structure that spans the stream channel and has two headgates, with one on each side of the river. In 2017, WGFD worked with partners to design a suitable structure that allows fish to pass while still meeting the ranch’s irrigation needs

Big Creek is a wild trout fishery, containing brook, brown and rainbow trout, as well as native white sucker and longnose dace. It’s also an important spawning tributary for brown trout and rainbow trout from the North Platte River, which move up the stream to lay their eggs.

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