Has your sport or summer camp been put on hold this summer? Have you been trying some more outdoor activities? You aren’t the only one! Fishing has become rather popular this summer, so I think it’s time to meet some of our aquatic neighbors. While there aren’t really any good places to fish in Cherry Hills Village right now (John Meade Park is closed) there are lots close by: Cherry Creek Reservoir, the South Platte River, Bear Creek and Clear Creek are just a few. The stars of the Colorado fish world are trout. There are several species commonly found here, and they are usually fairly easy to tell apart: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, brook trout, and cutthroat trout. All trout are cousins of salmon, so they look very similar and have that torpedo shape; like something you’d have fun chasing in a swimming pool. Believe it or not, trout are predators! They’re just small enough that their prey is usually insects. They eat a wide variety of bugs: moths, ants, flies, grasshoppers, beetles, and spiders (gross, I know). While their diet may leave some to be desired, they do eat a lot of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes like water, which is where fish live, so we really have fish to thank in part for there not being gazillions of mosquitoes in the summer. If you go fishing, see if you can tell what kind of trout you see or catch! In some lakes, you don’t even need to catch them to see them because the water is so clear. Remember, if you catch a trout, treat it nicely since it ate a lot of mosquitoes for you.
Some fun trout facts and information:
- Rainbow trout have a “rainbow” pink or red stripe down their side
- Cutthroat trout have a bright orange or red splash below their gills, which is where they get their name
- Lake trout are the biggest trout species in North America, and like to live deep in lakes
- There is a salmon species in Colorado! Kokanee salmon live in some of the reservoirs high up in the mountains where the water is nice and cold
- The Colorado state fish is the greenback cutthroat trout, which also happens to be one of the prettiest trout you can find
- Greenbacks are thought to be the only
- There are lots of other fish you can find in the ponds and streams in Cherry Hills Village, but most are very small and hard to find. When John Meade Park reopens, it’s a good place to look for fish!
For more information and fish ID pictures, here are some links to look at: