Trout Habitat Improvement

Too often broad, hasty solutions are applied to all streams regardless of the underlying issue. Simply placing a series of boulders in a stream will add aesthetic value and provide some new habitat in the short term. The key to a successful fishery development project is long term productivity. If properly designed the insect and trout bio-mass should increase for several years, ultimately finding its natural balance. Instead, Creekside Angling focuses on the two limiting factors in a fishery – cover and food. In order to improve a fishery one must improve the aquatic invertebrate ecology while simultaneously providing feeding stations and refuge for the fish. Often times this is easily achieved. Certain reaches, however, require a more thorough approach to build a viable fishery.

Creekside Angling will always attempt to incorporate woody debris into a fishery project. This provides excellent refuge for trout and a huge amount of surface area for insects to colonize. Additionally, we believe that vegetative cover along the banks is vital in developing a viable insect population. Periodic maintenance of bank vegetation will ensure usable casting lanes.

Creekside Angling and Environmental is a design, permit, build firm that has over 17 years experience in large rivers to small streams all over Colorado. The main objective is to enhance stream function and aesthetics. the We have a fleet of Caterpillar machines; CAT 322, and CAT 307 excavators with hydraulic thumbs, a CAT 924 loader, and skid steer.

See Our Projects

Recent Projects

  1. 1/3 mile of bank stabilization on the East River. High flows destroyed a large irrigation diversion and scattered the large boulders through a neighbors reach of river created irregular flows directed at the bank. The project removed 200 haul truck loads of material from the stream and installed 20 flow control and grade control structures to rebuild and protect the bank.
  2. Fish habitat Tomich Creek. Install a riffle pool system on a 1/8 mile stretch of Tomich Creek in Gunnison County. The project moved a major irrigation ditch from the turn and installed several flow control structures on pools to keep the stream from further degrading the bank.
  3. Hard riffles on Ohio Creek to create a series of riffle pools for trout.

The photos below show some of our typical projects to improve stream conditions for a healthy fish habitat.