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View Poll Results: Who would like to see Snake River Cutthroat stocked in Spinney again?
Should the DOW try to find extra eggs out of state? 2 6.45%
Should the DOW try to produce more fry? 4 12.90%
Should there be a 50-50% mix of rainbow and cutthroats stocked in Spinney each year? 15 48.39%
Or should they just keep doing what theyve been doing? 10 32.26%
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In an effort to try to bring back the SNAKES to Spinney I've contacted Jeff Spohn the fishery biologist in the area to try to find out why they haven't been stocked in the past 6 years? The main reasons were room to grow them to 12" stockers and the Colorado hatcheries only have a limited amount of fry they can produce.
After hearing that I contacted the Wyoming Game and Fish and Idaho Game and Fish. The Idaho people told me that they wouldn't be able to trade any fry and the Wyoming Game and Fish people told me that they only rarely trade or sell trout out of state and they weren't sure if they would have any extras. I did find a Hatchery in Wyoming that would be able sell a limited amount of fry but not really enough. So does anyone know were to find Snake River Cutthroat fertilized eggs or fry or know of a place to grow them to stocker size if the hatcheries are full? Thanks for any comment or suggestions.
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's a tough pole given that you have already done the legwork and found that we can't get anymore than we (DOW) can produce. I would love to see more Cutts in a lot of places just seems like an impossibility short of finding private hatcheries somewhere? But then I doubt the DOW would pay for them.
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I certainly appreciate your effort HTH and have talked to Jeff on the subject..and personally don't have a lot of optimism. I feel the standard answer of "12 inchers" time has passed. Predation from Northerns will now always be a part of Spinney. The kicker is that they were placed there on purpose (some say yes, some say no, I say yes .

Northerns can't be 100% blaimed for the loss of the cuttie and brown population and whatever the reason, it's a bummer. Why can't they take some of the cuttie fry headed for Antero and give it a shot. IMHO the obstacle is A.) "sportsman" love bobos B.) Bobos are cheaper to rear, i.e. more plentiful.

All the Browns in Spinney are natually reproducing and I for one hope they can keep a hold...currently along the lines of 3% of the biomass. Don't go all bucket bio....but if so do it before the perch take over
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Dlux, I pretty much got the same impression from Jeff. It doesn't look very good with the way they are doing things now. The only thing I could suggest would be to increase the brood stock and try stocking them at a younger age to save money. Hopefully if a few other people email these biologist they will get the point.
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