Kinneytown 2013 Fish Counts

Tim Wildman of the DEEP Fisheries reported the Kinneytown Fish Passage data. Fishway Opened 4/19/2013 and Fishway Closed 7/2/2013. The passage way/ladder is located on the Naugatuck River in Seymour.
American Shad 14, Alewife 70, Blueback 0, Gizzard shad 68, Sea-run brown trout 2, Striped bass 2, Atlantic salmon 8, Sea lamprey 130, American eel 0, Brown trout 14, Brook trout 0, Rainbow trout 13, White sucker 463, Common carp 11, White catfish 0, Brown bullhead 0, Channel catfish 0, Redbreast 0, Pumpkinseed 0, Bluegill 0, Black crappie 0, Rock bass 0, Smallmouth 62, Largemouth 0, Yellow perch 0 and Walleye 0 --Total 857

Fishways for Migratory Fish reported 7-11-13 by Bob Gregorski

Kinneytown Fishway Count

The DEEP’s Diadromous Fishway Program is an attempt to restore historic runs of fish that ceased due to dams and pollution.

 

Fishways for Migratory Fish reported 7-11-13 Con't.

Two of the ten fishways (ladders, elevators and rock ramps) in the Connecticut River system and 9 of 16 at other Connecticut locations have concluded operation for the season. Soon they will all be closed. Results as of July 9, 2013 of the Spring 2013 DEEP Diadromous Fishway Program are available.The species of fish reported at some fishways include: Atlantic Salmon, American Shad, Alewife, Blueback Herring, Gizzard Shad, Striped Bass, Sea Lamprey, Sea-run Trout and Eel.

Note: Anadromous fish--fish such as Atlantic salmon, shads, lamprey, striped bass and river herring return from the sea to the rivers where they were born in order to breed.

Catadromous fish—fish migrating down river to breed in marine waters- species include: eels. Diadromous fish -- fish that migrate between fresh and salt water; are also called fluviomarine. Thus—Anadromous and Catadromous fish are Diadromous.

“Best Report” - Kinneytown Fishway

“A river without fish is not much of an ecosystem – it is like a drainage ditch. But after all the abuse we have heaped upon the Naugatuck River, that ecosystem is now rapidly recovering. I hope that when we look back years from now we can see that 2012 was the year that the American shad and river herring began the long road to restoration in earnest. I’m sure there will still be good years and bad years, but with this big jump in returns and work about to begin on the Tingue Dam fishway, I hope that the trend is mostly in an upward direction in the coming years.” said Steve Gephard—DEEP Supervising Fisheries Biologist (Diadromous Fisheries Program).

It has been long time coming. The first year American shad were stocked in the Naugatuck River was in 1996 and 2002 was the first year alewife were stocked. This spring 59 American shad and 20 alewives passed through the Kinneytown Fishway passage. Not great numbers, but hopefully the start of a positive trend. The first American shad passed Kinneytown Fishway was in 2002. The first alewife passed in 2001. Since this preceded the stocking effort, these alewife that passed the fishway were part of the ‘remnant run’ to the river.

The following are the total list for the Kinneytown Fishway passage numbers for Spring 2012: American shad (59), Alewife (28), Sea-run brown trout (21), Sea lamprey (35), Striped bass (7), Gizzard shad (36), Broodstock salmon (4), Smallmouth bass (173), Brown trout (122), Rainbow trout (2), White sucker (572), Common carp (31), Unidentified sunfish (2) and Unidentified catfish (1).

“Best Report” - Kinneytown Fishway - Con't.

Note: Hundreds of juvenile clupeids (shad or alewives) were observed going downstream through the fishway at the end of the season; something that hadn’t seen in years past.

“The numbers of American shad and river herring that passed the Kinneytown Fishway in the years following those ‘founding fish’ documented above remained very low until just this year. Biologists do not know for sure what factors contributed to the improvement that were seen this year, but they believe that better sea survival (from when the fish first emigrated from freshwater as juveniles up until they came back as mature adults) must have played an important part in this year’s runs.” Reported Tim Wildman, Fisheries Biologist (Diadromous Fisheries) Inland Fisheries Division -Bureau of Natural Resources.

It appears likely that the Connecticut River run of American shad experienced the same sort of improvement. This improvement however was not seen across their range (Florida to Maine), and in fact, some rivers actually saw fewer fish return this year. Biologists will continue their efforts to restore anadromous fish to the Naugatuck River, which includes the stocking of both American shad and alewife. They hope that it is the beginning of a positive trend.

Note: The stocking of shad and river herring stocking in the Naugatuck River has continued since 1996 and 2002 respectively. The 2012 spring stocking were: American Shad (150) and Alewife (river herring) 500. All stocking took place at the Riverbend Park in Beacon Falls.

Fishladders 2006

Bob Gregorski

Fish That Climb Ladders Anglers who fish in rivers that have fishways/ladders/elevators have the industrial revolution to blame for damming up their migratory routes to spawning grounds. Now they have modern man to thank somewhat for restoring their routes upriver. The following is an example of success and lack there of in Connecticut that is part of the Diadromous Fish Enhancement and Restoration Report 2006.

Note: The data for each yearly report is not completed, reviewed and printed until later in the following year. Some fishways operate in the fall. The Connecticut DEP, Diadromous Fish Enhancement and Restoration 2006 Report arrived September 13, 2007. Project Leader Stephen Gephard, Supervising Fisheries Biologist, reported good news and bad. The following paragraphs are some of the highlights of the 51-page report that covers six Jobs.

Job 1: Restoration of Atlantic Salmon to the Connecticut River Basin. The return of 214 Atlantic salmon was 28 more than last year. The five-year average return is 111. Note: 2006 was the fifth consecutive year that the return number of adult salmon increased. Last year, more than 3.7 million eggs were produced and about 1.2 million fry and 25,000 smolts were stocked in the Farmington, Salmon and Eightmile River watersheds. A total of 1,487 adult (post-spawned or sexually barren broodstock no longer needed for restoration) were stocked into the Naugatuck (735) and Shetucket (752) rivers for recreational fishing.

Job 2: Restoration and Enhancement of ANADROMOUS CLUPEIDS Kinneytown Fishway

Fishladders 2006 Continued

 

(Naugatuck River) passed 0 shad, 0 alewife and 0 blueback herring compared to 2, 1 and 2 in 2005.Greeneville Dam Fishlift (Shetucket River) passed 1,981 shad, 2,412 alewives and 9 blueback herring compared to 1,776 shad, 592 alewives and 5 in 2005. Rainbow Fishway (Farmington River) passed 73 shad, 0 alewife and 0 blueback herring adults upstream. There were 8, 1 and 4 respectively in 2005.

Adult shad were transplanted into the following rivers: Eightmile (67), Farmington (58), Naugatuck (72) and Quinnipiac (63) to accelerate restoration in those rivers. All fishway counts for river herring were down for the fifth consecutive season. Note: The 72 adult shad stocked into the Naugatuck were released in Thomaston and the 549 alewives were released in Seymour.

Job 3: Restoration and Enhancement of AMERICAN EEL. The Greeneville Fishway passed 1,055 eels compared to 125 in 2005. The Mill River Eel Pass passed 5,235 compared to 11,014 in 2005.

Job: 4 Development and Enhancement of Sea-run trout. Approximately 40,000 brown trout fry and 22,000 brown trout parr were stocked in suitable habitat in nine rivers or brooks. About 2,500 age-1 brown trout and 2,500 tiger trout were stocked into five selected rivers (Saugatuck, Naugatuck, Thames, Latimer andSalmon). The sea-run rivers and brooks are: Mianus, Saugatuck, Naugatuck, Farm, Hammonasset, Eightmile, Salmon, Thames, Shunock and Latimer and Whitford Brooks.

Fishladders 2005

Fish That Climb Ladders Anglers who fish in rivers that have fishways/ladders/elevators have the industrial revolution to blame for damming up their migratory routes to spawning grounds. Now they have modern man to thank somewhat for restoring their routes upriver. The following is an example of success and lack there of in Connecticut that is part of the Diadromous Fish Report 2005.

Note: Since the data for each year report is not completed, reviewed and printed until later in the following year, the 2005 arrived in September 2006. Some fishways operate in the fall.

The Connecticut DEP, Diadromous Fish Enhancement and Restoration 2005 Report arrived in September. Project Leader Stephen Gephard, Supervising Fisheries Biologist, reported good news and bad. The following paragraphs are some of the highlights of the 50-page report that covers six Jobs.

Job 1: Restoration of Atlantic Salmon to the Connecticut River Basin. The return of 186 Atlantic salmon more than doubled last year (69). The five-year is 76.4. Last year, more than 3.0 million eggs were produced about1.5 million fry, and 36,732 smolts were stocked in the Farmington, Salmon and Eightmile River watersheds. A total of 1,766 adult (post-spawned or sexually barren broodstock no longer needed for restoration) was stocked into the Naugatuck (916) and Shetucket (850) Rivers for recreational fishing.

Fishladders 2005 Continued

Job 2: Restoration and Enhancement of ANADROMOUS CLUPEIDS Kinneytown Fishway (Naugatuck River) passed 2 shad, 1 alewife and 2 blueback herring compared to 1, 4, and 1 in 2004. Greeneville Dam Fishlift (Shetucket River) passed 1,767 shad, 592 alewives and 5 blueback herring compared to 2,005, 329 and 2 respectively in 2004. Rainbow Fishway (Farmington River) 8 shad, 1 alewife and 4 blueback herring adults upstream. There were 123, 19, and 38 respectively in 2004. Adult shad were transplanted into the following rivers: Eightmile (80), Quinebaug (63), Farmington (84) to accelerate restoration in those rivers. All fishway counts for river herring were down for the fourth season.

Job 3: Restoration and Enhancement of AMERICAN EEL. The Greeneville Fishway passed 125 eels compared to 365 in 2004 and 368 in 2003.

Job: 4 Development and Enhancement of Sea-run trout. Approximately 44,000 brown trout fry and 27,000 brown trout parr were stocked in suitable habitat in nine rivers or brooks. About 3,000 age-1 brown trout and 1,500 tiger trout were stocked for the first time into five selected rivers. The sea-run rivers and brooks were: Mianus, Saugatuck, Naugatuck, Farm, Hammonasset, Eightmile, Salmon, Thames, Shunock and Latimer and Whitford Brooks.


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