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Fish abundance and population stability in a reservoir tailwater and an unregulated headwater stream

North American Journal of Fisheries Management

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Abstract

Fish abundance and population stability were compared in the tailwater and in an unregulated tributary of Barren River Lake, a flood control reservoir in south central Kentucky. Fish abundance was greater in the tailwater near the dam and was dominated by three species common in the reservoir: gizzard shad (Dorosoma cepedianum), bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus), and white crappies (Pomoxis annularis). Three riverine suckers were less abundant in the tailwater than in the unregulated stream: northern hog suckers (Hypentelium nigricans), black redhorse (Moxostoma duquesnei), and golden redhorse (Moxostoma erythrurum). The fish populations in the tailwater, particularly common carp (Cyprinus carpio), northern hog suckers, black redhorse, and golden redhorse, were less stable than those in the unregulated stream. Population stability is defined as the extent to which fish remain in a stream section. This study suggests that the occurrence of reservoir species in the tailwater was the result of fish passage from the reservoir during high discharges in fall and winter. Reservoir operations (altered flow, low summer water temperature, and poor summer water quality) probably were responsible for the unstable populations of common carp and riverine suckers in the tailwater.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Fish abundance and population stability in a reservoir tailwater and an unregulated headwater stream
Series title:
North American Journal of Fisheries Management
Volume
3
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1983
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Description:
pp. 395-402
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
North American Journal of Fisheries Management
First page:
395
Last page:
402
Number of Pages:
8