Biophysical reconnaissance of two Chilcotin River tributaries, the Little Chilcotin River and Elkin Creek, was conducted by the Fish and Habitat Improvement Section during the summer and fall of 1980. Previous investigations of Chilcotin River steelhead have identified these streams as offering considerable potential for enhancement. The purpose of this project was to assess present and potential steelhead production in these tributaries and to outline enhancement opportunities. Juvenile steelhead were not found in Elkin Creek due to lack of spawner escapement. The potential for steelhead production is limited to early rearing of juveniles (fry and possibly yearlings) because of habitat constraints. The estimated rearing capacity for fry during late summer was 8500. Under maximum recruitment, Elkin Creek would support a steelhead escapement of roughly 56. Potential production of steelhead in the Little Chilcotin River was estimated at roughly 16,000 smolts, providing an escapement of 650 adults. Fry rearing c
Tredger, C.D.. 1981. Evaluation of the Little Chilcotin River and Elkin Creek with Reference to Chilcotin River Steelhead Enhancement. Ministry of Environment. Fisheries Report. FRN170
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: Little Chilcotin River, Elkin Creek, steelhead, habitat, enhancement, production, stocking, management
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