Data from a multi-year radio telemetry study were used to assess seasonal distribution patterns for two long-lived, federally endangered catostomids across substantially different water conditions in Clear Lake Reservoir, northern California. Lost River (Deltistes luxatus) and shortnose (Chasmistes brevirostris) suckers, two species endemic to the Klamath Basin, were implanted with radio transmitters in each of 3 years in an effort to expand our understanding of seasonal sucker movements within the reservoir and their migrations in spawning tributaries. Clear Lake Reservoir and its tributaries are part of a critical management unit within the Lost River Basin Recovery Unit for populations of Lost River and shortnose suckers. We documented residency and migratory behaviors and how behaviors were affected by lake surface elevations and water management practices.
Adult suckers were captured during autumn trammel net sampling in the west lobe of the reservoir and implanted with internal radio transmitters. A total of 163 suckers were radio-tagged (75 in 2014, 64 in 2015, and 24 in 2016); 27 more shortnose suckers were tagged than Lost River suckers to reflect the larger population of shortnose suckers in the reservoir. Sex ratios were approximately equal for each species. Aerial telemetry surveys were used to monitor radio-tagged fish from January 20 to December 2 each year and to document the upstream extent of spawning migrations in the tributaries. Surveys were scheduled more frequently during the spawning season (February–June) when suckers are known to move out of the reservoir and into spawning tributaries.
|Title||Spatial and temporal distribution of radio-tagged Lost River (Deltistes luxatus) and shortnose (Chasmistes brevirostris) suckers in Clear Lake Reservoir and associated spawning tributaries, Northern California, 2015–17|
|Authors||Nathan Banet, David A. Hewitt, Amari Dolan-Caret, Alta C. Harris|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Open-File Report|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Western Fisheries Research Center|