The Bighorn River’s been subjected to some wildly high flows over the past decade. High water has some benefits, like opening side channels and scouring gravels, but on the Bighorn in Montana it has taken a toll on rainbow trout. Rainbows are spring spawners, and the high water has hurt recruitment in the river. On the other side of the coin, the high water has flushed some fat brown trout into the stream – monsters up to 10 pounds. Upstream from Bighorn Reservoir in Wyoming, high spring flows have boosted the sauger population.
(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette/Montana Untamed)