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Trout stocking about to begin in full force in the Sheridan Region

Trout stocking about to begin in full force in the Sheridan Region

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department stocked 150,000 fish in Lake DeSmet last year, which has an average depth of 70 feet in depth. The Game and Fish will stock the same amount this year, Bill Bradshaw, Regional Fisheries Biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish told the local Trout Unlimited Chapter Tuesday. The Game and Fish has also stocked 10,000 tiger trout in the Willow Park Reservoir annually for last three years, and plans to the same this year. "So far it hasn't affected other trout populations in the lake," Bradshaw said. "They're cool fish, and people seem to like catching them." Tiger trout are a hybrid of a brown trout and a brook trout, and do not naturally reproduce. In the Bighorn wilderness lakes, 2011 was the last year the Game and Fish stocked Snake River cutthroats, and 2012 was the first year for stocking Yellowstone cutthroats. Bradshaw said they are starting to see snake river population disappear as it is replaced by Yellowstone cutthroats. *Feature photo Bill Bradshaw, Regional Fisheries Biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news