Fish Stocking Expansion – New Species Evaluation
Annually, the ACA stocks waterbodies with catchable rainbow trout. In addition to rainbow trout stockings, we recently diversified angling opportunities at selected ponds by stocking brown and brook trout, creating multi-species fisheries. This project evaluated the contribution of brook trout to our stocked pond fisheries by the relative return to creel of brook and rainbow trout in selected ACA stocked ponds. Spring gill netting results indicate stocking created a population of both brook and rainbow trout for anglers to catch. Of the 2,676 trout we tagged and released, anglers reported catching a total of 161 (6%) consisting of 108 rainbow trout (67%) and 53 brook trout (33%). Of these, 54 rainbow trout (50%) and 15 brook trout (28%) were reported as 2 harvested. Approximately half of all fish captures occurred within the first month after stocking, indicating rapid utilization of trout from our ponds.
Alberta Environment and Parks, Cabela’s Canada Inc.
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