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Re: Electro Fishing in Valley Creek

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My understanding is that electro fishing didn't kill the trout, the folks doing the survey didn't refresh the water enough and the trout began to suffocate, it's just a really bad thing. The survey had to do with the PCB problems of the past, the TU Chapter was only there to watch. At least that's what I've heard.

Posted on: 2006/12/8 15:10


Re: Electro Fishing in Valley Creek

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I hope this clears up some questions about the electroshocking mishap on Valley Creek. I am a member of VFTU and hope to give you all a better understanding. The section of stream was in the upper reaches, I won't be exact on the location, and in a 200 yard section of the stream close to 180 trout ranging in size from YOY to 15'' were sampled. This section a year ago yeilded 80+/- trout. The enviromental company that did the survey has been working on Valley for over 7 years surveying both fish and invertebrates. The great numbers increase only added to the despair to hear that the trout were killed. As of right now the incident is being looked into by the local WCO and their will be some action following this incident. Overall Valley Creek had a great year as far as my fishing experiences but we do have several large developments on the horizon that VFTU is working on to minimize their impact on the stream. This stream is really a testament to the hard work VFTU has done to not only preserve the resource but to improve it. I have been a member for about 7 or 8 years and hope to continue the battle to keep this stream alive with wild brown trout. If anyone wants to know more feel free to e-mail me.

andy

Posted on: 2006/12/10 20:06


Re: Electro Fishing in Valley Creek

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I hope this clears up some questions about the electroshocking mishap on Valley Creek. I am a member of VFTU and hope to give you all a better understanding. The section of stream was in the upper reaches, I won't be exact on the location, and in a 200 yard section of the stream close to 180 trout ranging in size from YOY to 15'' were sampled. This section a year ago yeilded 80+/- trout. The enviromental company that did the survey has been working on Valley for over 7 years surveying both fish and invertebrates. The great numbers increase only added to the despair to hear that the trout were killed. As of right now the incident is being looked into by the local WCO and their will be some action following this incident. Overall Valley Creek had a great year as far as my fishing experiences but we do have several large developments on the horizon that VFTU is working on to minimize their impact on the stream. This stream is really a testament to the hard work VFTU has done to not only preserve the resource but to improve it. I have been a member for about 7 or 8 years and hope to continue the battle to keep this stream alive with wild brown trout. If anyone wants to know more feel free to e-mail me.

andy



So only 180 fish died in a certain 200 yard section of the stream? And the cause of the fish deaths arent clear yet or what?

Posted on: 2006/12/10 20:39


Re: Electro Fishing in Valley Creek

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Yes, only a 200 yard section of stream was affected. The fished died in the holding tank from lack of oxygen. When the survey team saw what was happening it was too late and hardly any fish were revived. Again, the good news was that the numbers of trout in that section had doubled from the previous year, and the bad news we all. With a little time that stream section should bounce back.

Posted on: 2006/12/11 6:53


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AndyP,

In the good news/bad news story, you left out the best news. That the stream has a great chapter looking after it. You've done a lot of great work over the years. Keep at!

Posted on: 2006/12/11 10:35
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Re: Electro Fishing in Valley Creek

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Thanks for the info, AndyP. I'm glad to hear that only 200 yards was affected, and I hope you're right about it rebounding quickly. The few times I fished VC this past Spring I did notice that there seemed to be more fish than usual (despite my earlier joking about 3 trout per mile). I would like to add my thanks to VFTU for all the good work they do.

Posted on: 2006/12/11 13:01


Re: Electro Fishing in Valley Creek

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Andy:

Thanks for setting us straight! You guys do great work, and I have to say that I thought the caddis life on Valley this year was some of the best in a long time (12+ years) - fishing was pretty good as well.

Posted on: 2006/12/11 15:54



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