High Desert Anglers Chapters – Vernal, Utah
Calder Reservoir is a small impoundment style reservoir on Pot Creek on Diamond Mountain near Vernal Utah. It is one of 3 reservoirs on Pot Creek along with Matt Warner Reservoir and Crouse Reservoir. Calder has long been known for big trout due to its very rich aquatic life giving the trout plenty to feed on.
The drought that has been continuing since 2012 has lowered the water level in Calder so low that concerns over a 100% fish kill during the coming winter were quite real. So High Desert Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited jumped into action to save the fish in Calder. Using money raised during the Utah Single Fly Competition in August of 2015, the chapter was able to purchase 3 windmill aerators for Calder Reservoir.
These cost over $2000 each and the total installation cost was near $9,000. Volunteers from the Chapter and others gained approval for the project from Government agencies. They poured cement footings and installed the piping into the deepest sections of Calder. On another weekend the windmills were assembled and erected. Completed November 2015
The hope is that aerating the water will keep the fish alive over the winter. Once the reservoir ices over and snow piles on top the oxygen in the water depletes rapidly. With normal water levels and incoming water the oxygen levels are sufficient. But with low water it is likely that all fish would die without these aerators. If you like to ice fish Calder, you should skip it this winter. The aerators will make the ice thin and signs have been installed to keep people off the ice this winter.
Congratulations to High Desert Anglers on a great job. This will surely have a positive impact on fishing at Calders for years to come.
Congratulations to the members of High Desert Anglers. This is a project that will have lasting positive effects on the fishing at Calder.