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ODFW biologists will be electrofishing on the Crooked River June 17-21. During the annual sampling, fish are stunned, netted, measured and released in order to track the long-term health of redband trout populations.
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ODFW to conduct trout survey on Crooked River

June 12, 2013

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be electrofishing on the Crooked River below Bowman Dam from the Big Bend and Cobble Rock campgrounds beginning Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21.

During the sampling, fish will be stunned and netted so biologists can record the size, condition and abundance of both redband trout and mountain whitefish. The fish are then released unharmed.

According to ODFW biologist Tim Porter, electrofishing can affect fishing in the portion of the river being sampled but angling in the remainder of the river should be unaffected.

The annual population assessment estimates the number of fish greater than or equal to 8-inches long per river mile for redband trout and mountain whitefish. In 2012, the number of redband trout per mile increased from the previous year to 5,244 fish per mile. The number of mountain whitefish per mile also increased to 6,578 fish per mile.

ODFW began sampling the Crooked River in 1989 in order to track the long-term health of the redband trout population.

   

Contact:

Tim Porter (541) 447-5111 ext. 24
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

 
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