Growth, Movement, and Catch of Brook, Rainbow, and Brown Trout after Stocking into a Large, Marginally Suitable Adirondack River

June 1, 2015 - Author: , Owne E. Baird, Daniel C. Josephson

Journal or Book Title: North American Journal of Fisheries Management

Volume/Issue: 26:1

Page Number(s): 180-189

Year Published: 2006

Poststocking growth, movement, and catch were compared among hatchery brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis, rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss, and brown trout Salmo trutta in a fifth-order river. Associations of species, size, and stocking date with angler catch were also examined. The river is episodically acidified, and during summer it approaches lethal maximum temperatures for trout. Catchablesized brook and rainbow trout (168–458 mm total length) were stocked in the late spring of 1996 and 1997. Brown trout were stocked only in 1997. Fish were marked with visible implant tags and were recovered through October of each year. All three species had negative daily growth rates in weight over the summer and early fall. Rainbow trout stocked in 1997 tended to move downstream after stocking, whereas the other groups showed no strong movement trend. Recovery rates significantly differed between brook and brown trouts stocked in early June and those fish stocked in late May. Large (.300-mm) rainbow trout were caught at higher rates than small (,260-mm) fish were. Anglers were estimated to have caught 72% of the stocked brook trout, 51% of the rainbow trout, and 18% of the brown trout. High summer water temperatures (.208C)did not affect angler catch rates because cool refuges within the river concentrated and made the stocked fish—especially brook trout—vulnerable to angling. By stocking more than one species, we were able to create diversified angling opportunities and sustain a fishery in this thermally marginal river over the entire summer season.

DOI: 10.1577/M04-183.1

Type of Publication: Journal Article

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


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