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LARAMIE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently used a helicopter to stock several Snowy Range alpine lakes with trout.
8/7/2016
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WGFD
LARAMIE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently used a helicopter to stock several Snowy Range alpine lakes with trout.

A helicopter has been the preferred choice for stocking fish in alpine lakes since the early 1970s. It is easier to access and negotiate the high alpine lakes with this method, is less stressful for the fish and requires less space to land at the staging area which all ultimately increases the goal of high survival rates of the fish stocked in these waters.

Helicopter stocking is done in the early morning hours to take advantage of upward air currents, reduced wind activity and to avoid afternoon thunderstorms. Stocking by helicopter doesn’t hurt the fish. They are dropped 50-100 feet from the water and are released with a large amount of water from the tank, which absorbs the impact.

Helicopter stocking is normally conducted in even numbered years in the Snowy Range. Small fingerlings are stocked to allow the helicopter to handle the largest possible number of fish. The following lakes were stocked in the Medicine Bow National Forest:

Albany South Twin Lake: 1,500 Bear River Cutthroat Trout
South Gap Lake: 2,500 Bear River Cutthroat Trout
East Glacier Lake: 800 Bear River Cutthroat Trout
South Gap Lake: 2,500 Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout
Golden Lake: 500 Golden Trout
Shelf Lake #1: 300 Golden Trout
Shelf Lake #2: 700 Golden Trout
Bear Lake: 2,000 Golden Trout
Alpine lakes in the Snowy Range are highly scenic areas requiring anglers to hike to most of them. The majority of these lakes cannot sustain a fish population by natural reproduction because they do not have the suitable spawning habitat. Therefore, it becomes necessary to periodically stock these lakes to provide an adequate fishery for backcountry anglers.

Fishing alpine lakes is popular with the public and continues to grow in popularity each year.


-WGFD-