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New CPW biologist report for Williams Fork

Post By: Ewert      Posted: 3/20/2023 12:13:54 PM     Points: 100    
Greetings - I have posted a new report for Williams Fork Reservoir here:

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I will watch this thread for a week or so if anyone has any questions or wants to discuss. Thanks!
 Reply by: Kenny Rukspin      Posted: 3/20/2023 5:23:54 PM     Points: 8536
Thank you for posting your report. I don't usually go seeking these reports, but it's nice to have their availability pointed out.

I am definitely interested in hearing about future plans for WIlliams Fork. Do you plan on maintaining the status quo, or are some management changes on the horizon?
 Reply by: thill      Posted: 3/20/2023 8:02:53 PM     Points: 485
So when do you think it will be appropriate to start stocking more kokanee and trout or is it to early to say?
 Reply by: Ewert      Posted: 3/20/2023 9:22:05 PM     Points: 100
We'll stock Kokanee again in 2025, giving it a five-year gap. That should be enough time to get nearly all of the Kokanee and Rainbows out of the system and start over from scratch. I probably won't stock Rainbows right away but maybe load it up with Brown fingerlings instead. The highest priority is to get the kokanee population back and Rainbows can pass gill lice to them so need to be as careful as possible there. But the lake is such a zooplankton factory. Anyone who has sat out there on a still, sunny clear morning in May or June and looked into the water knows what I mean. The amount of zooplankton is mind-boggling. It's the most that I ever see anywhere. That's what makes it a great kokanee lake and why it's so important to get them back.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 3/21/2023 9:21:41 AM     Points: 163
What a great report, thanks for all that you do for that fishery. My favorite Lake Trout lake, Think I really need to tap into the quality of pike there this year!
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 3/24/2023 9:27:32 PM     Points: 7849
Interesting.
Indeed the laker fishing has been slower the last few years, IMO, but were I to say what my impression was, it would be that the 20-30" class lakers were fatter than they have been. The ones I've pulled in this year had that "bag of sugar" build to them.
I will say that I have noticed I catch a let fewer bows/browns than I used to, so that seems to bear out in my own experience.
Thanks for keeping us updated and for trying to maintain this, my favorite fishery over the years.
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