Electro fishing the Ken Lockwood Gorge yesterday

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Electro fishing the Ken Lockwood Gorge yesterday

Postby Rusty Spinner on July 21st, 2016, 11:29 am

Man do we need some water! I got the opportunity yesterday to electro fish the no-kill. Overall, our wild trout numbers are near a historic low, but are on their way up. We had good success using the barge with this large a crew as the low water allowed us to shock into net range most of the fish in the two separate 150 meter reaches we sampled.

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Wild browns make up the lion's share of wild trout, but we found very few YOY browns while we found many more YOY rainbows. Yet older class wild bows were non-existent as I recall. We did find a lone, native brook trout which is always great to see. This area of the SBR is below what is normally cold enough for brookies.

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One of the larger wild browns we sampled. We only found one single stocked brown, and tons of stocked rainbows from both the state and Shannon's private stockings. We found a fair number of wild browns. All trout were found in deeper water as would be expected this time of summer.
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Re: Electro fishing the Ken Lockwood Gorge yesterday

Postby barkeater on July 21st, 2016, 11:58 am

I am a bit surprised that you only found one brookie as I do catch them every once in a while on the South Branch elsewhere. Can you elaborate on your statement that the "wild trout numbers are near a historic low, but are on their way up." Thanks.
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Re: Electro fishing the Ken Lockwood Gorge yesterday

Postby Rusty Spinner on July 21st, 2016, 12:00 pm

A couple more pix:

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Scott was my spring '14 intern when I was with TU and is working with the Division currently


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Good to see they are taking great care to keep the handicapped access fishing platforms free of vegetation so folks can fish from them :lol:
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Re: Electro fishing the Ken Lockwood Gorge yesterday

Postby Twism86 on December 19th, 2016, 10:09 am

Im surprised at the lack of wild brookies as well, there are sections of the SBR that you cant keep them away. I usually get a few in the KLG as well.
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