Stock monitoring was conducted as several locations in the Bulkley/Morice systems by regional staff in 1984 nd 1985. Many areas were sampled for the first time, and others were repeat (annual) sample sites. Stream-specific data are appended to this general summary. Results indicate that 1985 was a good year for steelhead fry recruitment. Of 11 major areas sampled, 7 were ranked the highest ever sampled (or tied); 4 ranked in the middle. Of the most important areas (e.g., Bulkley and Morice mainstem and major tributaries, such as Upper Bulkley, Lamprey, Owen, Canyon, and Telkwa, 6 and 7 ranked No. 1. Unfortunately, no depth and velocity transect information was collected to calibrate the data in terms of saturation. Flows in 1985 were relatively low as indicated at the Buck Creek gauging station. Low flows generally increase WUA for fry. Whether the high fry density reflects actually better recruitment or simply lower flows cannot be answered. The fact that fry populations were higher throughout the system sug
Tredger, D.. 1986. Stock Monitoring Report – Bulkley/Morice Steelhead Stock Monitoring. Ministry of Environment. Inventory and Monitoring Report
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: steelhead, Bulkley River, Morice River, stock monitoring, fry, recruitment, water flows
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss
English Name: Rainbow Trout
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