Recent improvement in stream conditions prompted The Nature Conservancy to reopen access for fishing on the Silver Creek Preserve beginning Friday Aug. 1. While conditions have improved, they are still not ideal and will be closely monitored.
Previously, the organization had limited fishing access through its Silver Creek Preserve to between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., but it is still asking for anglers to help protect the stream's prized trout.
The Wood River Valley is in severe drought conditions with low flows, high temperatures and low dissolved oxygen is affecting Silver Creek, and it remains a concern. The Conservancy will continue monitoring conditions and reinstate restrictions if needed.
The lowest dissolved oxygen levels occur during the early morning hours from about 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. The Nature Conservancy staff is encourages anglers to minimize stress on fish by limiting time above water from handling and pictures, and using a stout enough rod and tippet for a quick catch and release to reduce stress on fish.
TNC also asks people to consider stream conditions when choosing time and location to fish.
"There has been an incredible show of community support in protecting the Silver Creek ecosystem," The organization said on its website. "The Nature Conservancy would like to extend a special thank you to the residents of the Wood River Valley, the landowners along the creek's tributaries, the U.S. Geological Survey and the fishing community."
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