Brown Trout Moving Up West Nose Creek

2018 Angling Survey Report – West Nose Creek, Calgary

Part of my work on West Nose Creek includes conducting angling surveys to monitor trout migration upstream, over time. I am very pleased to report that recently I captured and released a brown trout that was located over 10 kilometres upstream of the confluence with Nose Creek. This capture was made over a kilometre further upstream than the trout that I caught last season.

Above: This 10 inch brown trout was caught and released on West Nose Creek, over 10 kilometres up the stream, from Nose Creek.

The trout fought an amazing battle, before I managed to net the fish. After a quick two photos, the trout was safely release back into the stream. A very healthy specimen that looked like it was well fed. I also believe that the trout was a native West Nose Creek brown trout, because it was captured close to a known spawning area on the creek. This fish really made my day and confirmed the importance of conducting spawning and angling surveys to monitor the recovery of the trout fishery on West Nose Creek.

Before you dash off to fish the creek, be aware that it takes many hours of angling to capture a resident brown trout on West Nose Creek. Best leave the stream alone for now, so that it can recover over time. My angling surveys are done strictly for scientific purpose and to document the trout recovery over time. The signs of ongoing recovery and an increase in both spawning activity and trout populations is what helps motivate me personally, for our ongoing riparian recovery program. The habitat that we create over the years, by planting native willows and trees, will add to the speed of the trout recovery program.

All of the new discoveries on West Nose Creek, such as spawning and trout distribution are now being documented and this information is being shared with the City of Calgary. This info is important in establishing protective measures to enhance the water quality and health of the riparian zone, which is all good for future trout populations.

About Guy Woods

I am Director of Bow Valley Habitat Development, based in the Town of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. I love to fly fish and it is this past time that prompted me to get involved in the field of riparian and fish habitat enhancement. I have been working in this pursuit for over 30 years!
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