North Platte releases to benefit spawning habitat

Mar 16, 2012 Staff

CASPER (AP) -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says fishermen should be on the lookout for high water on the North Platte River in early April.

Game and Fish has requested higher releases to maintain fish spawning habitat and increase populations of the invertebrates that fish eat.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plans to begin releasing higher flows from Gray Reef Reservoir upstream from Casper starting April 2.

Each day, releases will increase from 500 cubic feet per second to 4,000 cubic feet per second before being reduced back to 500 cubic feet.

The schedule will repeat on April 3, 4, 5 and 6, with flows peaking in the early morning hours.

Game and Fish says sportsmen should be aware of the water fluctuations if they're floating on or wading in the river. The rapid rise in water levels could transform an area suitable for wading into one where an angler can't touch the bottom. Likewise, a still, calm area for rowboat can change quickly to an area with greater depth, faster current and more turbulent water surface.

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