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Most get skunked, but still don’t want stockers

April 24th, 2009 · No Comments

An angler survey conducted last year at Harriman State Park in Idaho shows that most of the anglers were unsuccessful the day they were surveyed. However, when asked if they wanted to supplement the Ranch with stocked trout, the vast majority disagreed, preferring to keep the Ranch a wild trout fishery.

The angler survey was conducted by the Henry’s Fork Caldera Project, funded by the Henry’s Fork Foundation. I was one of the surveyed anglers, answering about 15 questions as I returned to the north access parking area.

The report is summarized in a slideshow, which is embedded below. The report shows that 57% of the anglers were unsuccessful at catching a fish the day they were surveyed. However, the anglers expressed that Aesthetics, Fish Habitat, and ability to fish to rising fish were the the most important to them. Actual numbers of fish caught was the lowest rated importance.

When asked if they desired to keep the Ranch as a wild trout fishery, 88% agreed or strongly agreed. Likewise, 76% disagreed or strongly disagreed with any idea to stock trout on the Ranch.

My personal view, I’ve been fishing Henry’s Fork for the past 15 years. I do wish the catching was a little better in the Ranch, but agree with the majority of other anglers, don’t stock.  There are plenty of areas on Henry’s Fork to catch stocked trout. Keep the Ranch wild.  The area that I disagree with the majority? Getting skunked that day 🙂 A beautiful, parr-marked, wild rainbow caught on a BWO sparkle dun.

Tags: Conservation · Fly Fishing · River Keepers

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