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By Ryen Neudecker
Restoration Coordinator Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited 

Ninety-mile migrations and a new road

 

October 10, 2019

Ryen Neudecker, Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The Copper Creek Road erosion in August 2014.

Native westslope cutthroat and bull trout come to the Copper Creek tributary of the Blackfoot River for the cold, clean water. Copper Creek is especially attractive to spawning trout because groundwater wells up into the stream through gravel beds in many places. This groundwater permeates trout spawning nests (redds) and keeps their incubating eggs well oxygenated and free of silt. The great trout habitat in Copper Creek is probably why a westslope cutthroat wearing a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks tag swam over ninety miles to get there recently.

People also migrate to Copper Creek bec...



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