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Biological Survey of South Bog Stream
FISHERY INTERIM SUMMARY REPORT SERIES NO. 02-3
By Forrest R. Bonney
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
JOB NO. F-102
INTERIM SUMMARY REPORT NO. 1 (2001)
South Bog Stream, a tributary to Rangeley Lake in Western Maine, provides habitat for wild brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and, to a lesser extent, landlocked salmon (Salmo salar). The lower portion of the stream serves as spawning and nursery habitat for Rangeley Lake’s salmonid population.
With the assistance of volunteers, DIFW surveyed the stream in 2001. We conducted a complete biological survey of fisheries habitat, which allowed quantification of the river’s value as fishery habitat. In addition, we measured transects to determine the stream’s physical condition; and sampled the fisheries population to determine species composition and abundance.
A survey of South Bog Stream was conducted by Regional staff and volunteers during the summer of 2001. Brook trout provide the primary sport fishery in this stream; however there are reports of a decline in both the quality of the habitat and the fishery in recent decades. This survey was conducted to quantify brook trout habitat, to document habitat degradation, and to recommend habitat restoration measures.
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