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High Snowpacks Promise Long Trout Season in Western U.S.

Posted on March 05 2008

Ed Dentry reports that in Colorado snowpacks in almost all areas are nearing 100% of average, with many areas reaching far above that level. “The heartiest heaps are in southern Colorado: upper Rio Grande, 163 percent; Arkansas, 155 percent; San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan, 152 percent; Gunnison, 145 percent. Northern Colorado also has been dealt generous snow: upper Colorado River, 129 percent; Yampa and White, 112 percent; North Platte, 111 percent; South Platte, 110 percent.” In the Rocky Mountain News.
Meanwhile Montana is looking at a similar picture, with snowpacks near or much above average in most districts.
What’s it all mean for trout and trout anglers? A healthy scouring of streambeds, plenty of water for spawning fish, a season that will stretch into fall, and maybe even a quieting of the fight over resources that has marked recent summers.

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