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Trout Fishing on French Creek

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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A while back I wrote about The Narrows, a rough and rugged stretch of French Creek deep in the heart of Custer State Park. As a day hike, this steep canyon is breathtaking – in more ways than one.

Now the state Game, Fish & Parks Department has given us another reason to venture into The Narrows – trout fishing. The GFP crew stocked 1,000 fingerling brown trout in French Creek where it runs through The Narrows, according to a story this week in the Rapid City Journal.

It’s a great habitat for trout – cold, clear water with lots of eddies and ponds -- but it’s never been stocked with fish because the area is so hard to reach.

Last week, the crew used three horses, a mule and special saddlebags to pack the 3- and 4-inch fingerlings into The Narrows. They released them into the stream, and now they wait. By this fall, the fish should be 6 to 8 inches. Next summer, they will be 10 to 12 inches, the story said.

State officials hope French Creek will appeal to fishermen who like a different kind of fishing experience.

"You (would) kind of get more of a wilderness feel if you were to go fishing down there," fisheries biologist Jerry Wilhite told the Journal. "Aesthetically, it's a very pleasing place to be."

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