Diurnal stream habitat use of juvenile Atlantic salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout in winter

Fisheries Management and Ecology
By:  and 



The diurnal winter habitat of three species of juvenile salmonids was examined in a tributary of Skaneateles Lake, NY to compare habitat differences among species and to determine if species/age classes were selecting specific habitats. A total of 792 observations were made on the depth, velocity, substrate and cover (amount and type) used by sympatric subyearling Atlantic salmon, subyearling brown trout and subyearling and yearling rainbow trout. Subyearling Atlantic salmon occurred in shallower areas with faster velocities and less cover than the other salmonid groups. Subyearling salmon was also the only group associated with substrate of a size larger than the average size substrate in the study reach during both winters. Subyearling brown trout exhibited a preference for vegetative cover. Compared with available habitat, yearling rainbow trout were the most selective in their habitat use. All salmonid groups were associated with more substrate cover in 2002 under high flow conditions. Differences in the winter habitat use of these salmonid groups have important management implications in terms of both habitat protection and habitat enhancement.

Study Area

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Diurnal stream habitat use of juvenile Atlantic salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout in winter
Series title Fisheries Management and Ecology
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2400.2009.00680.x
Volume 16
Issue 5
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Publisher location Hoboken, NJ
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Fisheries Management and Ecology
First page 352
Last page 359
Country United States
State New York
Other Geospatial Skaneateles Lake
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
Additional publication details