Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Wildlife and Fisheries Science
Richard L. Applegate
Charles G. Scalet
One Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) and 2 northern pike (E. Lucius) were surgically implanted with untrasonic transmitters and tracked in a South Dakota cooling reservoir from June 1979 to June 1980. The fishes inhabited the intake area of the reservoir during the summer (temperature range, 27.5 – 31.5˚ C) and the discharge area during the winter (temperature range, 4.5 – 31.5˚C). In the spring and fall, the fishes were located throughout the reservoir (temperature range, 12.0 – 28.5˚C). Highest rates of movement for the esocids were recorded during the spring (675 – 1,100 m/day). The lowest rates were recorded during late summer and fall (130-390 m/day). The muskellunge inhabited deeper water (4.5 m, average) than the northern pike (3.9 m, average) during the summer. Both esocid species inhabited the 0.5-3.0 m depth during the winter. Tracks made over a 24 hour period indicated greater distances moved by the muskellunge (2,063 m) than northern pike (487 m). Both the muskellunge and northern pike were most active during daylight periods, but they also moved at night. Echogram recordings indicated that forage fishes were distributed throughout the reservoir during the spring, summer, and fall, and were concentrated in the discharge area during winter.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Fishes -- Seasonal Distribution
Steam power plants -- Cooling
Includes bibliographical references (pages 56-61)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Henley, Douglas T., "Movement and Distribution of Esocids and Forage Fishes In A Power Plant Cooling Reservoir" (1981). Theses and Dissertations. 129.