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Panning for Gold: Collecting Spawn from Colorado’s Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout [VIDEO]

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Watch as Colorado Parks and Wildlife Biologists perform a spawn-take operation on some native Rio Grande cutthroat trout.

Have you ever found yourself wondering how the State Biologists manage your local fishery? Where do they get all of their eggs? How do they keep native blood lines pure?

Watch as a group of Colorado State Biologists harvest some native Rio Grande cutthroat eggs for the State’s hatcheries in this video from ColoradoOutdoorsMag.

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Over my years of fishing I’ve often heard anglers say: “It’s a nice fish, but it’s just a dumb hatchery fish. They’ll eat just about anything.” I’m not too sure if there really is a difference, but maybe there is.

What are your thoughts on hatchery fish? Do you take more pride in catching a native trout vs. a hatchery trout? Is it important to you that your local Biologists attempt to harvest their eggs from native trout to keep blood lines pure?

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Panning for Gold: Collecting Spawn from Colorado’s Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout [VIDEO]