Fourth Annual Ditch Shocking & Fish Rescue Oct. 4
September 22, 2008
On Saturday, October 4, 2008, the Upper Green River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, US Forest Service and Wyoming Game & Fish Department will host the Fourth Annual Ditch Shocking and Fish Rescue. This year’s event will be conducted on the Little Colorado Ditch just north of the Town of Pinedale.
Volunteers can participate in the morning session, 9 a.m. to noon or arrive for lunch at noon and help with the afternoon session, which will begin after lunch and continue to 4 p.m. Anyone interested in helping out for the entire day is more than welcome!
Last year’s event captured over 2,000 fish including Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Speckled Dace, Red-side Shiners, Mottled Sculpins and White Suckers. The fish ranged in size from fingerlings to over two feet long. After the fish are netted, employees of the WY Game and Fish and US Forest Service recorded fish size and weight. The rescued fish were kept alive in specially designed containers within the ditch until their transport to a section of Pine Creek below the town’s sewage ponds at the end of the day.
While the ditch shocking and fish removal benefits both land owner and fishing enthusiast, the data collected through a scientific/educational permit provides important information to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Volunteers should wear rubber or neoprene boots or waders and bring waterproof gloves or a change in gloves, if not waterproof. Electrofishing equipment and instruction will be provided.
For more information, contact Joe Neal, TU Chapter Vice President, 307-367-5730.