Native cutthroat trout, mountain
whitefish, and arctic grayling, rainbow trout, cutthroat-rainbow hybrids, brook
trout, and suckers can be found in refuge waters. Mottled sculpin are often
seen by people walking along Odell and Red Rock Creeks. Rainbow trout and brook
trout were introduced to the valley as early as 1889.
the waters of the Centennial Valley were thick with arctic grayling, native
cutthroat trout, and other fish. Now their numbers are fairly low, due mostly
to change in historical land uses and competition from non-native fish. Red
Rock Lakes NWR is trying to restore our native fisheries. Please help us by
practicing catch and release fishing on our native cutthroat trout and arctic
grayling. Feel free to keep your limit of the rainbow, cutthroat-rainbow
hybrids and brook trout, all of which are not native.
fishing on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State fishing
regulations subject to the following conditions:
Grayling must be immediately released.
allow fishing on all refuge streams in accordance with State River and Stream
regulations, unless closure is necessary to protect nesting trumpeter swans or
Arctic grayling restoration efforts.
allow fishing on Widgeon Pond and Culver Pond. These are open under State River
and Stream regulations to fishing from the bank, except for necessary closures
to protect nesting trumpeter swans or Arctic grayling restoration
prohibit fishing on all other refuge waters.
prohibit all means of fishing except the use of pole and line or rod and reel
while fishing on the refuge.
prohibit the use of felt-soled wading boots on all refuge waters.
prohibit bait fishing and allow only artificial lures or flies when fishing
prohibit the use or possession of lead sinkers or any lead fishing product
prohibit tubes and other flotation devices while fishing on Widgeon and Culver
9. We prohibit camping along roadsides. We allow
camping only in two established campgrounds. We restrict camping to 16
consecutive days within any 30-day period. We prohibit horses in the
campgrounds. All bear attractants including, but not limited to, food, garbage,
and carcasses, must be acceptably stored at night (unless in immediate use) and
during the day if unattended.
information with the on-line Guide to Fishing on
National Wildlife Refuge.
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In 1932, fewer than 70 trumpeters were known to exist worldwide, at a location near Yellowstone National Park. This led to the establishment of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in 1935. Red Rock Lakes is located in Montana's Centennial Valley and is part of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Nearly half of the known trumpeter swans in 1932 were found in this area. Warm springs provide year-round open waters where swans find food and cover even in the coldest weather.
Today, estimates show about 46,225 trumpeter swans reside in North America, including some 26,790 in the Pacific Coast population (Alaska,Yukon, and NW British Columbia) which winter on the Pacific Coast; 8,950 in Canada; about 9,809 in the Midwest; and about 487 in the tri-state area of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana (including the Red Rock Lakes refuge flock).