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May 20, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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May 20, 1971

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Census: by JAN DANFORD If you should hook onto a fine frisky young fish with a missing fin, biologist John Hisata of the Skokomish Valley State Trout ..... ' ...... Hatchery would like to know about it. His job is the evaluation of the current project known as a 'creel census'. Legal-size one-year-old sea run cutthroat trout - 200,000 of them - are being planted in streams flowing into Hood Canal from areas south of Lilliwaup. Each fish is marked by the removal of either the right or left ventral fin or the adipose fin, according to the trout's destination. Last year 145,000 fish were released in the same waters. The purpose of the program is to determine how many cutthroat will be caught in streams in comparison to the number taken from salt water. The cutthroat resembles the steelhead. They leave salt water to enter fresh water streams in the fall, and they spawn in late January and in February. In the spring the adults normally move back to the sea, while the fry remain in the streams for approximately a year, or until attaining a length of four to six inches. They then seek salt water, to return in the fall to participate in the annual cycle, One inch per month, according to Hisata, is gained by planted trout while in sa!t water under favorable conditions. Last spring the Skokomish River received 58,424 fish followed by 60,000 this year, all of which have had the right ventral fin removed. Union River was implanted with 17,625 last year and another 25,000 this year; Mission Creek, 10,124 in 1970 and in 1971 another 10,000; 17,450 trout were placed in the Tahuya River last year and 15,000 this year; 11,745 in the Dewatto Creek last May and 15,000 more this month; Lilliwaup Creek welcomed 15,351 last year and another 10,000 recently; the cutthroat planted in these streams have had adipose fins clipped. Potlatch Power Station was given 15,105 last spring plus 25,000 more this year, and will receive any excess remaining after the allotted distributions; the left ventral fins have been cut. Hamma Hamma River, which rated nary a one in 1970, was granted in the current proceedings 25,000 trout minus adipose fins. In Grays Harbor County, Johns River and North River were enriched by 10,000 fish each, and had received almost that many last year. Releases were begun on May 5 and will be completed before May 23, opening day for the fishing of fresh water streams. All cutthroat were raised in a pond constructed at the hatchery in the summer of 1969. Skokomish Valley Trout Hatchery personnel includes Ken Johnson, Clarence Hayes, Bob Paulsen, Danny veteran Hugh who will Resident biologist been working since the and will now checking of fishermen and postage-paid to be filled in The returned him to evaluate and the growtl will indicate fish are that low waters many planted in streams rathe~ seaward. An number are fresh w~ Approximately were marked on hands hastening extra help level of the the trout are to a race-waY, netted by The fish are special solutiO~a after marking designated capable of per trip. About nine the planted fishes size for the knows how fellows from last be hanging 'OWDING THE CUTTHROAT nto a far end of the race-way are John Hisata, m the foreground, and Ken Johnson. There the fish will be held while the marking process progresses. DO 11t KEN JOHNSON, left, and John Hisata insert into the race-way a wood and wire rectangle called a fish-crowder, with which the trout will be urged into close quarters. KEN JOHNSON, left, and biologist John Hisata clip fin' after which they will be tossed into an adjoining area of RESIDENT BIOLOGIST John Hisata dips a tranquilizing solution prior to handling. Page 10 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, May 20, 1971 netful of fish into a TANK TRUCKS transport marked trout to be planted in ,'