Disappearing Trout

By Sandy Schenck

Why are trout disappearing in the Green River and other mountain trout streams?

Green River, in years past, had a thriving population of large rainbow and brown trout. These fish were “native.” They were not stocked from fish hatcheries. They were born and bred in the cold, clear water of the Green River. My family has always been very proud of Green River’s trout and we have spent many happy years fly fishing for these native trophies. In recent years the big trout have all but vanished.

We are now searching for clues to this mystery by hiding a stream-side trail-cam at Newman’s Pool, the deep pool at the bottom of the Hemlock Field. The trail-cam is a motion activated digital camera that takes photographs both day and night.

Look who has been visiting the Green River!