New Willow Plantings With Older Willow Plantings – More Habitat

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.

You can see in this photo of West Nose Creek plantings, the ones that we did in 2015 are coming along very nicely.

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.

Another reach on West Nose Creek, where the willows are doing great!

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.

There are now more parr marks on the sides of the small trout in Millennium Creek. The tails on the fish are also in fast development. The eyes on the tiny trout don’t appear as large as they did a few weeks ago.
I suspect that most of the new hatchlings are pretty much dispersed by now. There didn’t appear to be the numbers of young trout, when compared to the last time I was out photographing these tiny brook trout. This dispersal is related to “Density dependency” .
This small trout blends in good with the large rock it is holding over.

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.

Bighill Creek is starting to open up in a few spots, on the lower reach.

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