EARLY SPRING

Photo: EARLY SPRING:  Here, in a stream less than three feet wide and rarely a foot deep, 3-4" brook trout were observed over the week-end.  These fish were seen at a point only 150 yards above salt water in Rhode Island's "South County".  It seems reasonable to assume that before marginalization brook trout could attain some size as they traversed, unimpeded, our fresh-to-salt waterways.  Is it entirely too late?

Here, in a stream less than three feet wide and rarely a foot deep, 3-4″ brook trout were observed over the week-end. These fish were seen at a point only 150 yards above salt water in Rhode Island’s “South County”. It seems reasonable to assume that before marginalization brook trout could attain some size as they traversed, unimpeded, our fresh-to-salt waterways. Is it entirely too late?

 

 

2 comments to Early Spring

  • brian o'connor

    I visited this stream recently. It can be accessed in the Finn Casperson Wildlife Refuge on the shore of Quonnie Pond. The bt i found were all about 3 inches in length. It seems likely that this tiny ecosystem and the others nearby were never stocked. That the entire coastal plane was intensively used for various agricultural pursuits for more than two hundred years is well known. Somehow this small segregated population of tiny BT have managed to survive. Viability?

  • brian o'connor

    In searching for this stream, I visited three others in close proximity. I can look out the window of the house I’m working on a see the cove into which the pictured stream empties.
    Planning some fish watching there soon.

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