Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Forest official to talk about bull trout

Trout Unlimited meeting set for Thursday


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo by Trout Unlimited John Chatel, an aquatics program manager for the U.S. Forest Service, will talk about bull trout, a federally listed threatened species, at the next Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting.

Efforts to protect bull trout and restore aquatic habitat for the threatened species will be the topic of discussion at the next monthly meeting of the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited, scheduled for Thursday, March 7, at Whiskey Jacque’s Restaurant and Nightclub in Ketchum.

The meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited and there is no charge.

The presentation on bull trout will be given by John Chatel, Sawtooth National Forest aquatics program manager and an expert on bull trout and other aquatic species. Chatel will talk about the importance of bull trout in the drainages of the Boise River and the upper Salmon River. In an interview, Chatel said bull trout do not inhabit the Big Wood River drainage, due to their passage upstream having been blocked by Malad Falls.

While commonly called a trout, the bull trout is actually a char. The species is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Anyone who catches one is legally required to release it. The fish is similar in appearance to the brook trout, another char, so anglers fishing bull trout waters are advised to know how to tell the differences. Identification information is available in Idaho fishing regulation manuals and at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website at www.fishandgame.Idaho.gov.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com

 




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