Tentative Trout Stream Sampling Schedule for Summer 2023


Below you will find our tentative trout stream sampling (electrofishing) schedule for this coming June, July and August. Again this year, you will only need to fill out a short volunteer form at the beginning of any day you come out to sample with us, rather than sending a detailed one ahead of time. We always appreciate the extra hands to help with our sampling, but even if you just want to come to watch, that is fine too.

You will notice this year we have considerably less days scheduled for sampling. This summer I will need to be spending considerable time working on the Bureau of Fishery's stocked trout stream verification project (information attached), other public fishing access projects and stream habitat condition evaluations, which will leave less time for fish sampling than usual. In the last two years we have sampled all of our Wild-Quality and Wild-Premier managed stream sections to gather baseline population data. In 2023, my focus is going to be on evaluating the quality of stream habitat improvements we have done in the last decade or so to determine which ones are most effective at supporting high trout populations.

At the beginning of each month, I will send out a more detailed email with meeting times and locations for each day.

Tentative schedule:

June 20, 21 and 22 – East Koy Creek. This is a survey to evaluate the success of stocking a hybrid strain of brown trout, thus we will be shocking long sections of the stream so we can handle as many fish as possible looking for fin clipped stocked trout. This is a repeat of what we did last year.

July 5 – Elton Creek

July 6 – back up day if needed.

July 18 and 19 – McKinstry Creek.

July 20 – back up day if needed

July 25 – Clear Creek (Ellington).

July 26 – back up day if needed

August 9 – Cattaraugus Creek.

August 10 - back up day if needed.

August 16 – Clear Creek (Arcade).

August 17 – back up day if needed.

August 21, 22, 23 and 24 – Wiscoy Creek and N. Branch Wiscoy Creek. This will be a mix of evaluating habitat improvement sites and sampling sites to evaluate young-of-year production.

August 28, 29 and 30 – Back up days if needed.

Scott Cornett
Fishery Biologist
Region 9 – Allegany