March 23, 2020 Shadow of the Rockies

Flushing flow to aid Bighorn River trout

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department would like to
make sportsmen and recreationists aware of sizable
increases in water flows in the Bighorn River March 24
as part of a flushing flow project.
Game and Fish has requested the flushing flow from the
Bureau of Reclamation in order to clean fine sediments from fish spawning
habitats and to increase production of invertebrates that fish depend on for
food.
The Bureau of Reclamation will begin releasing additional water from
Boysen Reservoir causing flows in the Bighorn River below Boysen Dam to
fluctuate from 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 5000 cfs beginning
Tuesday, March 24. At 2 a.m., the release of water from Boysen Dam will
be increased to 3,000 cfs, and further increased to 5,000 cfs at
approximately 7 a.m. for 10 hours before being reduced gradually back to
2,200 cfs at approximately midnight.
Game and Fish advises the public to be aware of the potential dangers
related to flushing flows. Sportsmen wading or floating the river during this
time should consider the fluctuating water levels. Areas that could be
waded effectively prior to increases in flows may not be accessible at 5000
cfs.
Flushing flows have been a regular occurrence on the river since 2005 and
have dramatically improved wild rainbow trout recruitment in the Bighorn
River. For more information, contact Joe Skorupski at 307-527-7125.
~WGFD~