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In the river

The Big Blackfoot is world renowned for its trout, but that's not all that lives in it. 

River otters (like the one below), beaver, muskrats, a variety of non-poisonous snakes, and even a few turtles make the river home. 


But back to the trout.  In 1972, in the hopes of creating a natural, wild fishery, Montana took the bold step of ending the stocking of hatchery-raised trout into its rivers.  This became a tremendous success, and now all our fish are wild -- and crazy! 

The Big Blackfoot is home to a variety of native and introduced fish species.  Our native trout include the westslope cutthroat and the bull trout.  Wild rainbow and brown trout, introduced a century ago, also thrive in the cold, clear waters.  In addition to trout, our natives also include the mountain whitefish, northern pike minnow, and both the longnose and largescale sucker.  Smaller species including the rednose dace, peamouth and the ubiquitous sculpin are also found throughout the watershed.

Here's a wild rainbow trout..


A wild male cutthroat/rainbow hybrid -- a "cutbow"..



A gorgeous wild brown trout.


A wild and endangered bull trout..

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