Whirling disease researchers optimistic about Montana’s trout

Whirling disease researchers optimistic about Montana’s trout

May 20, 2009 — By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service

BOZEMAN — Whirling disease now infects about 150 streams across Montana, but researchers say they are still optimistic about the future of trout fishing in the state.

One of the most promising developments, they say, is the discovery of wild rainbow trout that are naturally resistant to whirling disease. Another is the mysterious rebound of rainbow trout in the Madison River, the first Montana river where whirling disease was discovered.

“There’s hope,” said Montana State University ecologist Billie Kerans. “There’s some hope for the trout in Montana. Not all drainages have responded the same way to whirling disease.”

Read the whole article at the Montana State University Website Whirling disease researchers optimistic about Montana’s trout.

what say you?