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Seasonal migration and homing of channel catfish in the lower Wisconsin River, Wisconsin

North American Journal of Fisheries Management

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DOI:10.1577/1548-8675(1998)018<0085:SMAHOC>2.0.CO;2

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Abstract

A multiyear tag and recapture study was conducted to determine whether channel catfishIctalurus punctatus were migratory and if they had strong homing tendencies. Over 10,000 channel catfish were tagged from the lower Wisconsin River and adjacent waters of the upper Mississippi River during the 3-year sampling period. Data on movements were obtained from study recaptures and through tag returns and harvest information provided by sport anglers and commercial fishers. Channel catfish occupied relatively small home ranges during summer, migrated downstream to the upper Mississippi River in autumn, then migrated back up the Wisconsin River in spring to spawn and to occupy the same summer home sites they had used in previous summers. Fish size was a factor in the degree of fidelity to summer home sites, with larger fish showing greater fidelity.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Seasonal migration and homing of channel catfish in the lower Wisconsin River, Wisconsin
Series title:
North American Journal of Fisheries Management
DOI:
10.1577/1548-8675(1998)018<0085:SMAHOC>2.0.CO;2
Volume:
18
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s):
Great Lakes Science Center
Description:
11 p.
First page:
85
Last page:
95
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N