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Previously undocumented two-year freshwater residency of juvenile coho salmon in Prairie Creek, California

January 1, 2007

Over 2,000 juvenile coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch were tagged with passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags during the fall of 1998 and 1999 in Prairie Creek, California, as part of a study on individual winter growth rates and movement of juvenile coho salmon. During this study, age-2 out-migrants were incidentally observed. Previously, it had been generally assumed that all juvenile coho salmon in northern California streams spend only 1 year in freshwater before out-migrating at age 1 and that a 2-year freshwater life history pattern was found only in the more northerly portions of the species' range. Subsequently, scale analysis of PIT-tagged fish recaptured during spring out-migration was used as a basis for estimating the proportion of out-migrants displaying a 1- or 2-year freshwater residency life history. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of out-migrants captured in spring 2000 displayed a 2-year freshwater residency life history, apparently related to low winter growth rates documented in related research in the study stream. ?? Copyright by the American Fisheries Society 2007.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2007
Title Previously undocumented two-year freshwater residency of juvenile coho salmon in Prairie Creek, California
DOI 10.1577/T06-061.1
Authors E. Bell, W.G. Duffy
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
Series Number
Index ID 70030955
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization