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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-30-2015, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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Fishing Bridge YNP only had trout fry to view..

There were absolutely Zero adult Yellowstone Cutthroat to be seen at Fishing Bridge today. As we rolled along viewing the river below there where a few anglers fishing in water that appeared to be devoid of catchable size cutts. Good place to practice I guess. There were some trout fry to be seen hopefully not all Mackinaw Lakers. I have to say I wish I would have seen one gulping trout like rise form but among a great looking caddis hatch not a gulper to be seen. I new the place was in trouble but I thought I could show my nieces' and other family & friends one or two fish to view...........ouch this really truly hurts worse than I imagined it would. I mean I really new it was bad but this was a crushing scene. Not a gulper on the entire drive around the lake either.AND I AM ALWAYS LOOKING ALLLWAAAAYYYYS It's like dead water with minnows.......maybe there is hope.........somehow.

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I haven't heard anything recently but I seem to remember reading something to the effect awhile back that the netting of lake trout in the lake had been somewhat successful, that they were seeing a decrease in the size of fish netted.
I haven't read any reports on cutthroat numbers other than the river is not nearly as good as it once was but I have heard there are still fish in it and it's not completely devoid of fish.
I haven't fished the Yellowstone above the falls for at least 5-6 years now. I was actually planning on going down there sometime soon and swinging above LeHardy Rapids.
I've also heard the fish that are there are pretty large.
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Actually this kind of refutes what I just wrote but seems to only include data up until 2007.

http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisi...fishar9-18.pdf

Now I'm curious and I'm going to keep looking..
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-30-2015, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Blackb..... I hope you find some info and some live ones.Please share what you find I would love to know if there is anything left.

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Yellowstone Cutts

I usually spend at least a weekend or 2 each year in the park fishing. Used to spend about 5-6 down there. A couple weeks back I went with the family and water temps being what they've been, decided to just do some sightseeing and camping and let em be. By day 2 I started to develop a nervous twitch, but had to just keep reminding myself that I was doing the right thing.

Last year we stayed at Fishing Bridge for a weekend and I had the same experience as you, though I wasn't completely shocked by it. I kind of expected to not see a fish. The water there isn't really the best holding water, though they are cutthroat and so do like the deeper slower current at times. On our way north I stopped a few times at areas I've caught fish over the years (between the Hayden and the lake) and actually saw 2 - 16-18 sized cutts working on bugs. One was in a deeper narrow seam about 4' off the bank, the other was 1' off the bank on the edge of faster water in a smaller hole about 2' deep. Both seemed to be enjoying themselves and I too sat and admired them for a good 5-10 minutes. Yellowstone Cutthroat are some of the most beautiful fish on this planet.

Still not interested in fishing this race of cuts. Would prefer to let em' be for a few more years and then reevaluate.
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That's sad news if the cutthroat population has taken that much of a hit from the Mackinaws. I heard it was bad, but I haven't been in the park for almost a decade. Last time I was on that section of the Yellowstone was an early July (before it was open to fish) and I remember tossing golden stones into the river somewhere near buffalo ford and every one was eaten by one of the many visible cutties. The Yellowstone cutthroat are a special fish, and I hope the netting and retention of the lake trout will eventually help but it doesn't look good when you her things like this.

"Perhaps fishing is, for me, only an excuse to be near rivers." - Roderick Haig-Brown
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