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Fisheries Investigation Plan for the Delaware Tailwaters

2018-2020

Problem Statement

The information on the biological and angler use characteristics of the wild trout fishery of the Delaware tailwaters available to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PAFBC) biologists is outdated. It predates significant changes in the fishery, including current flow management and fishing pressure. The existing information is inadequate to support a scientific evaluation of whether declines in the quality of the fishery have occurred and whether changes in management objectives and strategies are warranted in response to current patterns of angler use and trout population dynamics.

Need Statement

A new trout management plan addressing both the current trout populations supported by enhanced flows since 2010 and current angling pressure and pattern is needed. In the Fisheries Investigation Plan for the Delaware Tailwaters, NYSDEC and PAFBC identify the information most urgently needed to develop a new trout management plan and the strategies necessary to obtain that information over the next three years. While a robust information base is essential to all phases of the management process, it is particularly critical to the development of an effective management plan in which actions can be evaluated relative to explicitly stated goals and objectives. The development of this information base is the subject matter of this investigation plan.

Fisheries Investigation Plan for the Delaware Tailwaters

Fisheries Investigation Plan for the Delaware Tailwaters (PDF)(712 KB)

Sub-plans for the Fisheries Investigation Plan for the Delaware Tailwaters

Delaware Tailwaters Creel Survey Plan (PDF)(1.6 MB)

West Branch Delaware River PIT Tag Plan (PDF)(471 KB)

Fisheries-Independent Monitoring for the Delaware Tailwaters (PDF)(2.4 MB)

Trout Redd Count Monitoring for the Delaware Tailwaters (PDF)(3.6 MB)