A fisheries investigation was conducted on the Kettle River upstream of Midway to assess habitat capability and the stock status of resident rainbow trout. Juvenile and adult populations were assessed using a combination of electrofishing and snorkelling during late summer of 1987 and 1988. The abundance of fry was extremely low in the mainstem (0-7 fish/100 m2), while parr abundance appeared to be reasonable at sites with adequate cover (5-14 fish/100 m2). Densities of catchable size fish were consistently low during both years, except for in the West Kettle River during 1987. The absence of older age classes indicates a problem with overharvesting. Below average summer flows during both study years reduced the proportion of suitable habitat for catchable size fish.
Sebastian, Dale. 1989. An Analysis of Rainbow Trout (Onchorynchus mykiss) Production in the Kettle River System in South Central B.C.. Recreational Fisheries Branch. Fisheries Project Report. FAIU-13