|Total Trout Returned
2010: 4267 trout
2012: 6180 trout
2013: 6695 trout
2014 3262 trout
2016: 3870 trout
Irrigation Water Comes from the River - Fish get lost in the canals
In a labor intensive process, fish are stunned by electro-shock, collected by net and hauled in a tank truck.
Fish are released back into their home water.
Coordinated with irrigation districts and landowners, this massive community effort saves a fraction of the trout
which find their way into the irrigation canals.
Recent studies by Wyoming Game & Fish show 50,000
fish entered Cody Canal, from 9 species. 7,300 were
Many fish are taken by predators as the water recedes.
Volunteers rescue between 1-10% each fall.
|A Better Idea-
Prevent Fish from Entering the Irrigation System
This screen is on a primary
Yellowstone Cutthroat spawning
tributary of the Shoshone River.
Four irrigation systems originate
here and hundreds of fish are lost.
TU purchased one stainless steel,
rotating fish screen for one small
creek, saving hundreds of fish
Other fish screens have followed,
starting the trend of replacing
aging irrigation structures with
- Volunteer to rescue fish in October and November. Watch our calendar page.
- Get certified, it's free. Online course, Backpack Electrofishing Certification. Course
- Foster cooperation with landowners and irrigation districts.
- Support the local Buffalo Bill Chapter of the Future Farmer’s of America. These
students and their teacher volunteer at our fish rescue, and we donate to their
scholarship program. Attend their spring Steak Fry!
- Show support for fish screens.