The removal of those fish did nothing to affect the fishing on that river. I live on it and can guarantee it. Do you realize how much goes into managing this stuff even down to the genetics of the fish? Do you fish the Platte? Where could you have fished that those 5000 would have been accessible? They would all be at the hatchery in unfishable water a day after they were let through the lower weir. I guess they could have held all 12 to 15000 at the lower weir so anglers could pile up in that short stretch of river until the fish died of oxygen depletion.