Rainbow trout cascade out of a hose running from a hatchery truck Wednesday morning at a pond near Wyman Living History Museum. The fish—which made a 90-mile trip from Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery—have no trouble surviving in chilly water, said Mike Swaro, a Craig-based Colorado Division of Wildlife district wildlife manager.
Josh Brown, hatchery technician at the Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery, attaches a hose Wednesday morning to the hatchery truck. The hose funneled about 200 rainbow trout into the frozen pond at Wyman Living History Museum in preparation for Saturday’s ice fishing derby, one of several events at the museum’s first Not-So-Winter Festival.
Walter Johnston, hatchery technician at Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery, drills a hole in the ice covering the pond near Wyman Living History Museum on Wednesday morning as a hose connected to the hatchery truck sits nearby. Funneling about 200 rainbow trout from the truck to the pond took only a few minutes.
Josh Brown, center, Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery technician, watches as rainbow trout shoot down the hose connecting a fish-laden tank to a hole in the frozen pond below at Wyman Living History Museum. Mike Swaro, right, Colorado Division of Wildlife district wildlife manager, was on hand to help with the operation.
A rainbow trout thrashes Wednesday in the icy waters of a pond near Wyman Living History Museum.