- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Water levels will rise significantly in part of the North Platte River later this month during a flushing operation to help trout.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has asked the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to temporarily increase flows out of Gray Reef Reservoir southeast of Casper.

The higher flow rate originally was scheduled to begin this coming Monday but concern about ice in the river has postponed the flushing until March 16. The purpose of the 10-day operation is to maintain fish spawning habitat and the invertebrates that fish eat.

Each day from 3-9 a.m., flows will increase from 500 to 4,000 cubic feet per second before gradually decreasing back to 500.

The department says people along the river should be aware of the fluctuations and stay safe.

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