I had forgotten about the program until I got my mail on Saturday and there was an envelope from FWP with information from one of the tagged trout I reported. This trout was a brown caught on August 31st in the Melrose area and was originally tagged March 30, 2010. At the time I caught it we taped it at 15". The FWP data from March had the trout recorded at 14.4" and weighing .93 lbs.
|Nice surprise in the mail. Also, one of the better misspellings of my last name.|
Wanting more info about this trout and the program I called the local fisheries bio who was nice enough to answer some questions for me. The bio said that fish in the Big Hole were tagged in the fall of 2009, spring of 2010 and fall of 2010. He said that the growth of .6" was typical for trout through out the system and that the growth rate was higher in the lower Big Hole than the upper. The bio also said that the higher growth rate in the lower Big Hole is due to several different factors including water temps, food sources (mmm, crayfish) and fish population densities.
|Dave showing what a 15" Big Hole brown in the Melrose stretch looks like.|