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Old 01-05-2013, 08:54 AM
lunker lunker is offline
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Default fyten (Swalwell) res. info.

I am thinking of checking out Fyten res. one day this week and thought I would check and see if anyone has had any sucess there this winter so far. I kkow that it is prone to winterkill some years, but some years the fish make it through and grow to a very respectable size. any info would be appreciated.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:37 PM
all canadian all canadian is offline
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Was out there today Slowwwwwww! Tried everything! O fish nice day out thou.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:56 PM
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It has been slow since ice up, have not even seen a better bow this year. 12-14" at best.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:57 AM
lunker lunker is offline
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thanks for the info. Weather looks good this week so I guess I will give it a try any way.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:18 AM
Chris84 Chris84 is offline
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I grew up about a four or five minute drive from swalwell dam and never new it was called fyten reservoir
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Old 03-24-2017, 02:27 PM
dplumbum dplumbum is offline
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Default Fyten?

East of Swawel about 1/8 mile, south 1/4. Fyten Farms homestead. Still operating. I'm sure some Alberta History!
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Old 03-24-2017, 02:42 PM
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Default There it is :-)

The body of water is referred to as Swalwell Dam but it was originally named Fyten Reservoir in 1964, for the name of the owner who donated (sold for $1) the property to the County, to be used as a recreational site. “The province has been stocking the dam with 10,000 rainbow trout per year, for 51 years”, said Bowen. Having been advised that the province could be cutting back on stocking lesser-used areas, the changes at Swalwell (such as overnight camping two years ago) and now aerators and treatment islands to protect fish and improve their habitat may encourage more users and anglers, promote the landscape of Kneehill County and show the province the positive steps being taken.
Along with Kneehill County, Olds College, and Mountain View County other communities are also discovering what an important tool these floating habitats are to water stewardship. Vegreville, Olds, and University of Lethbridge utilize them. “Airdrie uses these in their storm water retention ponds,” said Bowen. “They are not very deep and are prime for algae bloom. The islands clean and cool the water with (shade) and they are aesthetically pleasing. These are an amazing remedy for poor water quality. A project in Carseland has shown a 50% reduction in phosphorous from samples taken twice weekly. Manufactured water retention ponds in the States for research purposes have shown improvement with one and two islands of up to 50% but when the number of islands increases substantially, so do the results, showing improvement percentages as high as 80 and 90.” These micro-organisms (microbes for short) are living organisms that maintain life on earth and protozoa specifically is one of the most important for wastewater purification. Along with industrial pollutants and human waste, protozoa are described as being able to gorge themselves on ammonia, improving the clarity and smell of effluent. The Bow River Phosphorous plan has Wheatland County signing on for a floating island project for treatment of sewage effluent lagoons, to enhance filtration. These islands are being used for lake restoration, mosquito abatement, treatment of industrial storm water runoff, waste water treatment lagoons, protection and restoration of sensitive coastal areas, spawning habitat for bass and the list goes on.
The County hopes that through improving water quality and fish habitat, reducing winter and summer fish kills and preventing or reducing algae blooms, the overall habitat of the dam will be improved and put a spotlight on conservation and initiate water quality improvement education for dugouts and creeks. These floating islands are an important tool in water stewardship and the Swalwell initiative will be part of the Kneehill County Agriculture Summer Tour on Wednesday, July 20.
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Old 03-24-2017, 03:45 PM
the local angler the local angler is online now
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me and a buddy hit there at the spring of 2016 no bites but tons of dead trout every where so we guess it winter killed. there was another post about this and other reports of dead fish everywhere.
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Old 03-25-2017, 10:20 AM
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Went out this past Sept and it was covered shore to shore in heavy weeds. you could see they have installed 3 aerator pumps but none were working.

Did see a few dead fish so I am thinking everyone one of them are most likely finished after this winter

They are going to have to do something 1st with the weeds and maybe then they will be in a better position for F&W to restock.
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