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Assessing the potential for rainbow trout reproduction in tributaries of the Mountain Fork River below Broken Bow dam

Trevor Starks with a Rainbow Trout captured from a Mountain Fork tributary (April 2015).


February 2015 - June 2016


Rainbow trout are released in the Mountain Fork River beneath Broken Bow Reservoir because the water released from the bottom of the dam is cold enough to support them. Natural reproduction in the small tributaries of larger rivers are often overlooked because the tributaries are often thought to be too small or warm. The objective of this study is to determine if the small tributaries near the dam support rainbow trout reproduction.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 7

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 23

Scientific Publications: 90

Presentations: 171



Funding Agencies

  • Ouachita National Forest


Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
  2. Oklahoma State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute