Otter in Denny Creek

KerryS

Ignored Member
#17
I ain't buying this crap that otters are resposible for wiping out fish. Otters have been in the rivers and streams around here for ions. They didn't get here the other day.

"River otters are opportunists, eating a wide variety of food items, but mostly fish. River otters usually feed on 4- to 6-inch long, slowly moving fish species, such as carp, mud minnows, stickle backs, and suckers. However, otters actively seek out spawning salmon and will travel far to take advantage of a salmon run."
 
#18
Don't be messing around with no otters, just recently there was a lady fishing the Madison River who got attacked by an otter. I guess she tried to pet it and it took off a finger and a chunk of her leg in retreat. They're mean and vicious vermin just like wolves.
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
#19
When I see something two feet long swimming in a creek that's my initial reaction. At least I didn't think it was a mermaid.
Thought I saw a mermaid once, for a few seconds. Deduced it must have been a red octopus in the shallows. No, not in a creek. Kind of eerie sight in the fog though, next to a skiff cranking 3000 rpm and going nowhere.
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#20
I fish this lake that has native cutthroats in it. Now, last year I saw a couple of otters. There didn't seem to be many large cutts. Then, this year, I haven't caught a large one there. I assume that the larger trout are slower than the small trout, so my "big boys" are scarce. Anyone know about this? Do they feed on larger trout? Quite a disappointment.
 
#21
Otters do just fine in larger rivers, but they do massive fish kills in headwater streams where most the fish have nowhere to hide. Fish and game here attribute the low fish counts in at least three small streams in this area to otters. I've seen a family of three up in the headwaters of one tiny creek Couldn't find a brookie to save your life after. They've been around forever, but trust me, it's not crap what they do to the little streams.
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#24
Otters do just fine in larger rivers, but they do massive fish kills in headwater streams where most the fish have nowhere to hide. Fish and game here attribute the low fish counts in at least three small streams in this area to otters. I've seen a family of three up in the headwaters of one tiny creek Couldn't find a brookie to save your life after. They've been around forever, but trust me, it's not crap what they do to the little streams.
and where did the brookies come from? Likely the only reason the otters are up there; cleaning up somebody's screw up.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#25
Don't be messing around with no otters, just recently there was a lady fishing the Madison River who got attacked by an otter. I guess she tried to pet it and it took off a finger and a chunk of her leg in retreat. They're mean and vicious vermin just like wolves.
Wild animals are just that, wild. People that think they are somewhat tame from being around people should go get a cat scan to check if they are all there.
 
#29
Otters do just fine in larger rivers, but they do massive fish kills in headwater streams where most the fish have nowhere to hide. Fish and game here attribute the low fish counts in at least three small streams in this area to otters. I've seen a family of three up in the headwaters of one tiny creek Couldn't find a brookie to save your life after. They've been around forever, but trust me, it's not crap what they do to the little streams.
I saw a pair of otters in a trib/beaver pond (not the ones you think) on the SF today. Another one bites the dust....
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#30
Yeah, the state probably ought to place a bounty on otters - just like we used to have on Dolly Varden and Bull Trout.
You know, before us humans arrived to control all of this there weren't any trout around here at all....

I'm with KerryS on this one.