Trout Brook (2006)
Fisheries Survey Summary
Trout Brook is located in south-central Wyoming County and is one of the main tributaries to Wiscoy Creek. The stream averages 15-20 feet in width. The watershed is a combination of active agriculture, abandoned farmland, and small woodlots. Trout Brook is not stocked (has not been for at least 50 years) and has populations of wild brown trout and brook trout. Anglers should be prepared to ask permission to fish Trout Brook although there are 0.8 miles of Public Fishing Rights on this 6 mile long stream. Fishing can be challenging due to the narrowness of the channel and the heavy streamside vegetation.
An electrofishing survey at two different sites in August 2006 found that there were an average of 1,144 adult brown trout (Table 1) and 269 adult brook trout (Table 2) per mile of stream. Although brown trout are found uniformly throughout the stream, there were virtually no brook trout in the lower half of the stream and about 600 per mile in the upper half of the stream. Summer water temperatures in the upper half of the stream stay in the low 60s, but can reach 75 F in the lower part of the stream, the main reason why the whole stream doesn't support brook trout. The streamside vegetation is excellent in most areas but the stream could also use more overhead cover in the form of larger trees for shading. The largest brown trout collected was 15" and the largest brook trout collected was almost 12". Numerous young-of-year trout were also collected. Not only are the trout self sustaining in Trout Brook, but the stream serves as an important nursery stream for Wiscoy Creek brown trout.
|Site||BT Caught||Length Shocked (feet)||Estimated #/mile|
|Both sites combined||182||845'||1,144|
|Site||ST Caught||Length Shocked (feet)||Estimated #/mile|
|Both sites combined||43||845'||269|