On March 1st. I visited the Millennium Creek spawning channel to see how the new batch of brook trout hatch-lings were doing. The trout started to emerge from the spawning beds in the last week of January this year and it was looking like a pretty good hatch for this season. While inspecting the site, I saw some of the early hatched trout, which were looking pretty good in condition and I also spotted a few new arrivals, from a later emergence. A few photos were taken of some of the first to hatch to compare their growth with a month earlier.
Above: This month old brook trout fry was almost motionless over a small flat rock on a still water area adjacent to the spawning channel. I watch it eat a small midge emerging on the surface, just after I took this photo.
As expected, this year’s hatch on Millennium Creek is turning out to be a great one, with plenty of new trout for the Bighill Creek. The spawning channel was constructed in 2010 and since its first fall spawning that occurred that year, it has been responsible for hatching thousands of new brook trout, year after year, without missing one season. It was a partnership project between BVHD and Inter Pipeline, which turned out to be a fantastic investment in our local trout fishery.
New March Issue of Stream Tender Magazine Now Available
The new March issue of Stream Tender Magazine is now available for review. In this issue, three local writers contributed articles for the publication, along with photo submissions from a few other fly fishers. There is more fly fishing stuff in this latest publication, which should be of interest to area anglers. A special fly tying content was also included in the March issue.
Along with the fly fishing, readers can get an update on the Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program, and some other fish habitat enhancement information. There is also news on new regulation changes that will benefit the area trout fishery in a big way.