This winter I inspected some of the planting sites from this past 2019 season. Among the sights, there were a few that had older plantings that we accomplished in 2015. The plants from the 2019 planting were still so small and hard to see, except in the snow. Those particular planting sites are looking really good and when spring comes, new greenery will enhance the stream banks on West Nose Creek.
Over the next few years, I will constantly monitor the sites and report back to you, on how things are growing and looking. The follow-up visits on planting sites is very enjoyable for me personally, and some photos are always welcome to help show how things are coming, besides just explaining it. If you are an occasional visitor to this site, you can also enjoy watching the change, over time.
More Growth Showing For New Year Trout
My trips to watch the young of the year brook trout grow in their first weeks of free swimming, is an enjoyable experience. The small trout are slowing showing signs of growth, if you know what to look for. I always watch the fish’s tail development and parr marks. The small trout develop secondary parr marks that show as small patches of black, between the large main parr marks.
Ice Opening Up On Bighill Creek
There has been exceptionally good flow throughout the winter months, which is good. Recently, the creek has opened up in areas of the lower end, near the Bow River. This creates good fishing conditions for mink that frequent the creek. The mink take their fair share of the trout that live in the Bighill Creek.