All of us here at the shop are pretty diehard catch and release kind of people. There are very few exceptions to that rule. One of them, for me at least, is the stocked cutthroat in nearby Hyalite Reservoir. Hyalite is a really fun fishery that is close to town and is easily reached after work. The state also stocks it with native Yellowstone Cutthroat. While I would never kill a native cutthroat in a river, if it was stocked in a lake that’s pretty fair game. They’re tasty too…
Hyalite is the nearest stillwater fishery of any size and it can be a very productive one too. There are a lot of fish in it and they can be taken with a fly rod easily. In addition to the cutthroat, anglers can find brook trout, graying and the occasional rainbow trout. Lots of angling options.
Ethan and I made a quick after work trip up to the reservoir earlier this week to test the waters since the road is now open. We did pretty well, catching six fish in a timely manner before numb fingers and the growing dark chased us back to the car. We saw a few other fishermen out there on the lake and on the creek. Just a reminder, the creek above the reservoir is still closed, but the creek below the reservoir is open.
Out of the six fish we caught we bonked and kept three of them. If you’re going to keep trout do them the favor of dispatching them quickly and ethically. Make sure you don’t kill more than you can eat. If you do kill a trout, never let it go to waste.
A fresh trout stuffed with butter and lemon slices and sprinkled with lemon pepper then rolled in tin foil and grilled is pretty hard to beat. Keeping a fish now and then out of select waters where the population can handle it isn’t a bad thing. You just have to be smart about it. Don’t kill fish in places where the population can’t sustain it and don’t be greedy.