Baldy Ryan Creek, RCDO OSP
|Baldy Ryan Creek drains Longwall Canyon watershed.
|Seasonal run off from a side canyon flows through this culvert.
|During their spring run, native trout sometimes
swim up this "cripple creek" by mistake.
|This trout measured 6 inches in length.
|The instinct to swim upstream is incredibly strong.
|This fish repeated tried to leap upstream through the current.
|Only to be washed back down into a lower pool.
|It would rest briefly, gathering its strength for another attempt.
|Only to be washed back down again.
|These repeated attempts would leave
the fish gasping open mouthed from the exertion.
|It would constantly work its fins and tail to stay in place.
|If it could just get beyond this large black rock!
|Ready for another attempt.
|Gulping water to oxygenate.
|The fish seemed to oxygenate where
the water was agitated with lots of bubbles.
|Forcing its way up a narrow channel between two rocks.
What a monumental effort!
|Then its strength would fail and it would be
washed back down. (Fish is at center of photo.)
|The fish is at the center of the picture. Can you see it?
|Every year 2-3 trout are stranded in this pool.
They usually fall prey to predators within 24 hours.
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