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Game fish inhabit the waters of the refuge. Only two are known to be native, the Arctic Grayling and the Mountain Whitefish.  The numerous lakes, ponds and streams host several species of fish from lake dwellers to stream dwellers and those that go between the streams and the lakes or ponds. 

  • Mountain Whitefish

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    Whitefish are a native member of the refuge that belongs to the trout family. It is distinguished by a slender shape, large scales, silver color devoid of spots, and a small mouth that is slightly downturned. Whitefish feed on insects, fish eggs, and small fishes. These fish are fall spawners and can be found in Red Rock Creek.

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  • Rainbow Trout

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    Rainbow trout are non-native to the refuge and are distinguished by pink side streaks and lack of red cutthroat jaw slashes. Their spotting is smaller and more irregularly shaped than cutthroat trout. They are found primarily in Elk Springs Creek. Spawns in the spring. Feeds mainly on aquatic plants that are abundant in the shallow lakes and ponds on the refuge.

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  • Arctic Grayling

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    Native Arctic grayling are distinguished by a large dorsal fin, larger scales than trout and a forked tail. It spawns in the early spring. Historically, spawning runs of many thousands were seen in most streams of this area. Now, only a remnant population is found, mainly in Red Rock Creek. Aquatic insects and crustaceans form the bulk of the grayling’s diet. In 2010 the Arctic grayling population in the Centennial Valley were listed as a Candidate Species under the Threatened and Endangered Species Act. All grayling caught must be released immediately. See Grayling Restoration Project at the refuge.

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  • Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

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    Yellowstone cutthroat trout are distinguished by two red slash marks on the underside of jaw and large, round, black spots. They are non-native in the refuge and are found primarily in Red Rock Creek. They spawn in the spring and are known to hybridize readily with rainbow trout. They feed mainly on aquatic insects and less frequently on small fishes.

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  • Brook Trout

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    Brook trout are not native to the refuge. They are distinguished by numerous light colored "worm tracks" on the darker upper body and red spots with blue halos. They were introduced from the eastern United States. Brook trout are found throughout the refuge waters. They spawn in the fall and feed mainly on aquatic invertebrates and small fishes.

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  • Fishing Regulations

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    All fishermen must abide by the Rules and Regulations in the refuge. Click on the Learn More link for additional information.

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