Trout habitat Improvement


Hey Y'all,

There are some small creeks and streams that I enjoy fishing for trout, I was wondering if there are suggestions that you have for small stream improvements or habitat restoration projects that I could do. The stream that I am thinking of starts out in forests but does spend a lot of time running through farming fields and stuff and most of it is pretty unnatural looking (hemmed in by people, doesn't have a very winding path). It then flows through pretty a pretty residential area. I figured that people who have fished a lot and seen differences in stream quality would have ideas for what you generally see that seems to indicate a better quality trout stream. I am not sure if this question makes very much sense but in essence what are smallish things that I could do along the run of the creek to improve trout habitat, like planting trees and stuff like that.

-Gabe
 

C_Run

Well-known member
Generally, streamside vegetation is desirable and in-stream structures like logs and rocks are good. Do you own the land? Be careful because a lot of activities near streams are regulated by the state and you can get in trouble , i.e. big fines, for doing things without a permit even if you are trying to do a good deed. If there is a local watershed council, maybe you could propose some enhancement projects under their auspices. There is a lot of that going on nowadays and sometimes they can get funding for big projects.
 
Generally, streamside vegetation is desirable and in-stream structures like logs and rocks are good. Do you own the land? Be careful because a lot of activities near streams are regulated by the state and you can get in trouble , i.e. big fines, for doing things without a permit even if you are trying to do a good deed. If there is a local watershed council, maybe you could propose some enhancement projects under their auspices. There is a lot of that going on nowadays and sometimes they can get funding for big projects.
I don't own the land so especially considering the laws that you mentioned it wouldn't be a good idea to try to change anything major.:) I think that I will try to get in touch with the watershed council as you suggested.
 

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