Broodstock Collection on the South Fork 2020
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Broodstock Collection on the South Fork 2020

By Jaime Robertson, Regional Fisheries Technician

Since 2010, Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has been recruiting volunteer anglers to catch adult steelhead from the South Fork Clearwater River. We rely on anglers from around the region, other states, and even other countries to collect steelhead broodstock on the South Fork Clearwater River each year. We depend on anglers to collect these fish because no weirs are operated on the South Fork Clearwater River to trap steelhead. These fish are collected to develop a localized steelhead broodstock for the South Fork Clearwater River. In theory, these fish will develop adaptations that will allow them to return at a higher rate to the South Fork Clearwater River than steelhead collected at Dworshak Hatchery. Ultimately, our hopes are this program will result in more steelhead returning to the South Fork Clearwater River.

 

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