Biologist Report

Fishing Creek


Commission staff surveyed the "Narrows" section of Fishing Creek, Clinton as part of an evaluation of our Trophy Trout waters.  Two historical sites were surveyed to represent the Trophy Trout Section.  The upper site began at the State Forest Boundary approximately 240 yards downstream of  the SR2002 bridge below  the Tylersville Fish Culture Station and continued upstream for approximately 400 yards.  Population estimates are conducted semi-annually and are summarized from 1994 to 2000:

Brown Trout – Tylersville site

 

1994

1996

1998

2000

Size (N/ha) (kg/ha) (N/ha) (kg/ha) (N/ha) (kg/ha) (N/ha) (kg/ha)
02” 28 0.06 13 0.04     1484 4.45
03” 100 0.40 9 0.06 146 0.73 1455 8.73
04” 13 0.19     93 1.21 152 1.98
05”     5 0.14 2 0.04 5 0.13
06” 30 1.51 41 1.80 39 1.81    
07” 150 12.30 153 11.00 194 14.96 14 1.02
08” 117 11.55 63 6.68 285 30.78 14 1.27
09” 293 21.13 141 18.72 116 18.41 9 1.31
10” 394 74.94 207 38.65 23 4.46 59 10.56
11” 441 104.46 126 28.72 42 10.35 161 39.28
12” 265 80.24 207 58.66 117 38.04 248 76.14
13” 109 41.08 126 47.88 111 45.39 157 56.52
14” 33 16.37 36 16.87 120 57.51 111 48.17
15” 19 10.11 9 5.02 65 37.46 66 34.12
16” 2 1.15 4 2.27 12 8.78 34 19.67
17” 4 3.07         5 3.75
18”     2 2.17        
19”                
20”                
21”                
22” 2 3.24            
Totals 2000 402.80 1142 238.68 1365 269.93 3914 306.50
 

The lower site began approximately 2000 yards (2 km) upstream of the SR2002 bridge (Fleming’s bridge) above the Lamar Fish Culture Station and continued upstream for approximately 500 yards.

Brown Trout – Lamar  site

 

1994

1996

1998

2000

Size (N/ha) (kg/ha) (N/ha) (kg/ha) (N/ha) (kg/ha) (N/ha) (kg/ha)
02” 4 0.01            
03” 14 0.08 2 0.02 10 0.05 7 0.04
04” 3 0.04     6 0.08    
05” 5 0.14 5 0.16 12 0.30 1 0.03
06” 26 1.17 71 3.55 89 4.11 32 1.47
07” 70 4.75 79 5.38 198 15.24 71 5.18
08” 29 2.96 51 5.50 100 10.85 31 2.82
09” 71 9.76 56 7.96 22 3.46 15 2.18
10” 111 20.75 83 15.18 41 7.99 62 11.10
11” 136 37.29 50 12.39 45 11.05 114 35.14
12” 122 38.65 47 14.32 55 17.80 80 24.56
13” 53 19.18 56 22.25 60 24.57 27 9.72
14” 12 5.25 24 11.28 19 8.78 18 7.81
15” 4 2.25 4 2.03 5 3.05 2 1.03
16”     1 0.87     2 1.12
Totals 660 142.28 529 100.89 662 107.33 462 102.20

The 2000 survey turned up more legal size (14 inches or larger) wild brown trout than ever recorded at the Tylersville (upper) site.   Numbers of legal size wild brown trout at the Lamar site were about the same as in previous surveys.  In addition, a  very strong 2000 year class of brown trout was present at the Tylersville site, which is good news for the future of this fine fishery.

We have also received reliable information of two angler caught brown trout exceeding 22 inches within the Trophy Trout section.  Congratulations to those anglers!

-- Coldwater Unit

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