April 26th, 2004|
Q. Will stocked landlocked salmon co-exist with trout? Or will the salmon eat all the trout... keeping the numbers of second generation stocked rainbow and browns from ever getting started?
I talked with Dr. Dave Courtemanch, a biologist
in Maine, to get answers for your questions; I
have had no experience with landlocked salmon.
He said that brook trout and landlocked salmon
co-exist well because the salmon inhabit the d
eepwater regions feeding on smelt, whereas the
brook trout are found in the littoral regions
feeding on insects. However, brown trout and
landlocked salmon do not co-exist; the brown
trout outcompete the salmon for food resources.
He didn't have any information about how rainbows
and salmon get along. He also said that the Maine
fisheries people introduced salmon into some lakes
having populations of blueback trout (actually a char),
and that the salmon introduction resulted in the
extinction of the bluebacks.
~ C. E. (Bert) Cushing, aka Streamdoctor
105 W. Cherokee Dr.
Estes Park, CO 80517
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