Spawning migration of lacustrine-adfluvial bull trout in a natural area

Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
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We investigated the spawning migration of lacustrine-adfluvial bull trout Salvelinus confluentus in the North Fork Skokomish River in Olympic National Park (Washington State) during 1996. Day-snorkeling and electrofishing were conducted to determine timing and duration of the migration and the distribution and abundance of bull trout. The primary spawning migration began in early October and was waning by December. Bull trout migrated 6 km or less up the river from Lake Cushman. Increased river discharge and decreased water temperature appeared to be the primary environmental variables corresponding to the initiation of the migration. Mean length of migratory bull trout increased from June to December. Comparisons with other lacustrine-adfluvial bull trout populations in Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and British Columbia suggested that these populations exhibit specific migratory strategies related to local environmental conditions.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Spawning migration of lacustrine-adfluvial bull trout in a natural area
Series title Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
DOI 10.1577/1548-8659(2001)130<0981:SMOLAB>2.0.CO;2
Volume 130
Year Published 2001
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 7 p.
First page 981
Last page 987
Country United States
State Washington
Other Geospatial North Fork Skokomish River
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