Environmental Management

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 645–653 | Cite as

Method for determining minimum pool requirements to maintain and enhance salmonid fisheries in small Wyoming reservoirs

  • Paula M. Guenther
  • Wayne A. Hubert
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Abstract

Methods for determination of minimum pool levels in reservoirs that consider sport fishery values are being sought by managers. We developed a technique for assessing the effects of incremental changes in minimum pool levels on potential salmonid abundance in small (<100 surface hectares at full pool) reservoirs in Wyoming managed for irrigation and municipal water supplies. The method has two components. One component is used to determine the minimum pool level needed to eliminate the risk of overwinter loss of salmonids due to low dissolved oxygen concentrations. The other component predicts the potential biomass of salmonids in reservoirs as a function of water depth and total dissolved solids concentration of the reservoir water. Application of the method is demonstrated for two reservoirs in Wyoming.

Key words

Reservoirs Water level Minimum pool Salmonidae Trout Wyoming 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula M. Guenther
    • 1
  • Wayne A. Hubert
    • 1
  1. 1.US Fish and Wildlife Service Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research UnitUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA

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