|20" Beaverhead River brown; Approx age 18 years|
- In 1984 FWP introduced mysis shrimp into Flathead Lake to "increase food supply" for the Kokanee salmon. However, the salmon eat plankton. Mysis shrimp also eat plankton and have out-completed the salmon. The salmon fishery has all but vanished!
- In 1985 FWP decided there were too many large RAINBOWS in the Big Horn River and increased the harvest limits. The very next year the damage was evident and the Big Horn turned into a brown trout fishery. Since then, rainbow populations have recovered but more large brown trout prevail due to FWP's war on rainbows. Ironic, isn't it?
- In the late 1980's Rock Creek made an unprecedented comeback and boasted over 4,000 fish per mile. FWP immediately increased the kill limits on Rock Creek and in just a few short years the fish population crashes to less than 2,000 per mile.
|Les Vance with a 22" brown trout; Approx. age 20 years old|
|Matt Hayes with a 19.5" brown; Approx. age 18 years|
|20" Blackfoot Loch Levin brown trout (very rare); Approx age 18-20 years|
|Freddy Bensch w/a 23" brown; Aprrox age over 20 yrs|